HC Deb 15 November 1939 vol 353 cc735-6W
Mr. Dobbie

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many prosecutions for profiteering in food supply have been taken by local authorities against offending persons during the two months previous to Ist November; and in how many instances has the maximum penalty been imposed?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I assume that the hon. Member refers to prosecutions by Food Control Committees, under the powers conferred on them by the Food Control Committees (Enforcement) Order of the 29th September, 1939, for offences against the Ministry's Orders for regulating prices.

Periodical returns of such prosecutions are being obtained from Food Control Committees. The first will cover a period up to the 31st October. Information with regard to this period will be sent to the hon. Member as soon as the return has been obtained and summarised.