§ Mr. T. A. LEWIS
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the term, "a trade competitor," used in the Board of Trade official circular, dated 9th September, 1919, dealing with local committees and appeal tribunals to be set up under the Profiteering Act, 1919, is intended to include a member of a cooperative society; and whether he is aware that local authorities are being delayed in the setting up of their committees owing to a doubt as to the interpretation of this term?
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
The term "trade competitor" used in the Board of Trade Circular referred to by my hon. Friend was not intended to exclude a member of a co-operative society from being a member of a local committee under the Profiteering Act, unless he is directly concerned with the management of a cooperative society. My attention has not been called to any delay in the appointment of committees through uncertainty as to the interpretation of the term.