HC Deb 22 November 1955 vol 546 c1255
39. Mrs. Mann

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will institute an inquiry into monopoly and restrictive practices in the manufacture and sale of margarine and other foods.

Mr. Walker-Smith

No, Sir. My right hon. Friend does not propose to make further references in the immediate future.

Mrs. Mann

Would the Parliamentary Secretary consider making references in the not-so-immediate future? In other words, would he put this on his priority list? One cause of inflation is that margarine, irrespective of brand or price, is so tasteless and insipid that housewives are having to purchase butter?

Mr. Walker-Smith

While not necessarily, or at all, accepting the wider implications contained in the hon. Lady's statement, this, amongst other matters, will be considered when the time comes. At present, the Monopolies Commission is very heavily engaged.