HC Deb 19 October 1954 vol 531 cc1024-5
44. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Minister of Works what action he proposes to take in view of the Report of the Monopolies and Restrictive Practices Commission on the Supply of Buildings in the Greater London Area.

Mr. Birch

Discussions have started with the parties concerned. The representatives of the London Builders' Conference have stated that the practices criticised by the Monopolies Commission are being suspended and that steps are being taken to provide for their abandonment. I hope to be able to make a fuller report to the House in due course.

Mr. Wade

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the publication of this Report provides still further evidence that the existing piecemeal procedure for dealing with monopolistic and restrictive practices in industry is far from satisfactory and much too slow?

Mr. Birch

That is a much larger question which, I think, should be addressed to my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade.