HC Deb 01 May 1952 vol 499 c1635
13. Mr. G. H. R. Rogers

asked the President of the Board of Trade when he expects that the Monopolies Commission will present its report on the match industry.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

I am informed by the commission that they hope to present their report on the supply of matches and match-making machinery in the autumn of this year.

Mr. Rogers

As I understand that the inquiries have been completed for some time, is there not rather too much delay in the presentation of this report?

Mr. Thorneycroft

Reports from the Monopolies Commission have maintained a high standard so far, in part due to the fact that they have been considering very cautiously the results of the inquiries which they have made. It is much better that they should take a little longer and produce a first-class report than that they should be hurried too much.