HC Deb 20 November 1945 vol 416 cc230-1
55. Mr. Osborne

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, in order to check black market transaction payments being made in £1 notes, he will consider making payments of over £10 by crossed cheque compulsory, with long-term imprisonment for default.

Mr. Dalton

No, Sir. Such a law would be an unjustifiable infringement of individual liberty and could not, in any case, be enforced.

Mr. Osborne

Is the Chancellor of the Exchequer aware that a very undesirable type of trader goes round the small manufacturers, tempting them with big bundles of pound notes to sell job lines, and tempting many of them in a way in which they ought not to be tempted? Will the right hon. Gentleman look into the matter?

Mr. Boothby

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a number of smartly dressed gentlemen on the racecourses of this country are offering £75 for £50 winning tote tickets, and can he give the House an explanation?

Mr. Dalton

No, Sir.