HC Deb 08 November 1949 vol 469 cc1054-5
45. Mr. Charles Smith

asked the Prime Minister, in view of the evidence in the reports of a number of working parties, that methods of distribution were adding considerably to selling and export prices, whether he will direct appropriate Ministers in the special meeting with representative bodies from industry recently announced, to draw attention to the possibilities of improving efficiency and reducing costs and prices by lowering distribution charges and, where appropriate, seeking a modification of distributive methods.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Sir Stafford Cripps)

I have been asked to reply. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister is sure that in these meetings the possibilities of improving distribution will not be overlooked.

Mr. Smith

Will the Chancellor of the Exchequer take steps to see that the point is particularly emphasised.

Sir S. Cripps

I am sure that wherever it is necessary, the Ministers who are responsible will put emphasis upon it.

Mr. Henry Strauss

Do the Government hope by these methods to reduce the prices of other goods and services as much as they have reduced the prices of coal, electricity and gas?

Sir S. Cripps

Perhaps the hon. and learned Member will put that Question on the Paper.