§ Mr. HARRY HOPE
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture whether he purposes taking any step to control the price of binder twine in order that its present enhanced price of 146s. per cwt. may be brought down to something approaching pre-war prices of about 40s.?
Sir A. BOSCAWEN
As part of the general policy of the resumption of normal trading conditions at the earliest moment, it was decided to discontinue the control of the sale of binder twine. The high price at which this article is at present offered for sale is governed almost entirely by the price of the raw material from which it is made. I am advised that it is now being sold at considerably less than 146s. per cwt., but that there is no immediate probability that the price will approximate the pre-war figure.