§ Mr. LEONARD
asked the Minister of Health whether the increase in the prices of building materials during the past two years has been due to production costs or is the result of trade combinations aiming at price control?
Sir H. YOUNG
It is not the fact that there has been a general increase in the prices of building materials during the last two years. While some materials have increased in price, others have declined in price within that period, and I have received no report from the Inter-Departmental Committee appointed to survey the prices of building materials suggesting any improper increase of price resulting from the operation of any trade combination, trust or agreement.