HC Deb 23 November 1943 vol 393 cc1417-8
15. Mr. Molson

asked the Secretary of State for War whether steps have been taken to prevent the Italian population from profiteering in shops, restaurants and cafés at the expense of the men of the Eighth Army?

Sir J. Grigg

Proclamations have been issued by the Allied Military Government fixing detailed schedules of prices for all classes of foods and other goods offered for sale and providing for the display of these prices in the shops. Reports received from Italy show that observance of the price-lists is being strictly enforced and that prompt and severe fines and sentences of imprisonment are inflicted on offenders, together with confiscation of stocks and, in the case of flagrant offenders, the closing of their shops.