§ Mr. JOYNSON-HICKS
asked whether a seller of milk is allowed to make the sale conditional upon the purchase of other goods, as is the case with the seller of sugar?
§ Mr. PRETYMAN
Under Provision VI. of the Defence of the Realm Regulations, made on the 16th November (which provides for the fixing of prices in certain cases), it is laid down thatwhere the consideration for any sale or offer consists wholly or partly of any conditions made or offered to be made in connection with the transaction, or is otherwise not of a pecuniary character, the value of the consideration or such part thereof as is not of a pecuniary character, shall, for the purposes of this Provision, be taken into account in determining the price of the article.
The effect of this is that if any condition is imposed, such as that suggested in my hon. Friend's question, the price charged for the milk will be taken to include any value so obtained by the seller. I shall be glad to have particulars of any such transaction, to enable me to ascertain whether the selling price of the milk calculated on this basis exceeds that permitted by the Regulations.