§ Mr. J. Morgan
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he will give the name of the person who has attempted gross profiteering by cornering available supplies of onions; and if, in the public interest, it is proposed to take action against an exploiter of the nation's food necessity?
Major Lloyd George
; I have made careful inquiry into this matter and have been unable to obtain evidence to support the suggestion that there has been any attempt on the part of any person or persons to corner the available supplies of onions. The great excess of demand over supply, owing to the absence of foreign imports, has led to high prices generally, but, as my hon. Friend is no doubt aware, an Order is now in being, imposing a maximum price of 4½,d. per lb. for retail sales to the public.