HC Deb 11 March 1958 vol 584 c221
35. Mr. Jay

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will instruct the Registrar of Restrictive Practices to bring the Restrictive Practices Court immediately the distribution scheme agreement of the British Motor Trade Association.

Mr. Erroll

My right hon. Friend will very shortly issue a third direction to the Registrar about cases to be taken before the court and he will deal with this matter then.

Mr. Jay

Is not it urgent to get a decision on this agreement. If it is legal under the Act for manufacturers collectively compulsorily to raise a levy for enforcing higher prices, surely the Act means almost nothing at all?

Mr. Erroll

I asked the right hon. Gentleman to wait a few days until he sees the third direction.

Mr. Lindgren

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that garages in various parts of the country are becoming as much "tied" as licensed premises and that something should be done if the convenience of motorists who desire to purchase proprietary goods is to be served?

Mr. Erroll

I do not accept what the hon. Gentleman has said, but I ask him to wait a few days until he sees the third direction.

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