HC Deb 07 December 1939 vol 355 cc844-5W
Mr. W. A. Robinson

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been directed to a complaint made by the Watch Committee of St. Helens Town Council with regard to the increase of prices for the supply of fire brigade canvas hose; whether he is aware that on 4th October, 1939, tendered prices of £5 14s. and £5 1s. 6d. per complete hose length, accepted by the council, were subsequently increased by over £1 and whether he will take immediate steps to prevent abnormal rises in prices, after tenders have been made and accepted, so that the economic interests and safety of ratepayers may be protected?

Sir J. Anderson

The hose referred to is not hose supplied under arrangements made by my Department, but I will look into the matter and will communicate with the hon. Member.