HC Deb 08 April 1954 vol 526 cc509-10
21. Mr. Robens

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a particular reference to the Monopolies Commission of the practice whereby trade association's fine traders for giving a discount upon articles sold, and exact this fine by threatening to place the trader upon the association's stop list.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

This practice falls within the scope of the general inquiry which the Commission are already conducting under Section 15 of the Monopolies and Restrictive Practices (Inquiry and Control) Act, 1948.

Mr. Robens

When does the right hon. Gentleman expect the result of the inquiry, which has now been under way for a considerable time?

Mr. Thorneycroft

Not in the immediate future. It raises large and complex issues.