HC Deb 03 May 1944 vol 399 cc1323-4
56. Mr. Parker

asked the Minister of Supply on whose authority a department of his Ministry was authorised to discuss matters relating to the whole of an industry with the trade association which, before the war, was only a price regulating organisation and which did not include all sections of the industry; and if this is a general principle of his Ministry.

Sir A. Duncan

The circumstances were explained in the answer given to a Question asked by the hon. Member yesterday.

Mr. Parker

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that there is a big difference between some kind of trade association created largely for restrictive purposes and covering only a section of trade, and some organisation that may be necessary in war-time for the proper running of an industry?

Sir A. Duncan

I agree that this particular association was enlarged during the war. I accept the view of my hon. Friend that this is not a general principle which should be applied.