HC Deb 07 December 1943 vol 395 cc782-3W
Sir D. Thomson

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the prosecution of a firm of stationers in the Border District of Scotland regarding an overcharge on notebooks supplied to the Selkirk Education Authority; whether he has considered the judgment of the High Court of Justiciary; and whether he will instruct secretaries of local price regulation committees not to enter into correspondence in the newspapers seeking to justify the actions of their committees after an adverse decision in the courts?

Mr. Dalton

I am aware of the proceedings in this case. Following the judgment of the High Court, a letter from the defending solicitor was published, which the Committee regarded as hardly containing an impartial statement of the facts. The Local Price Regulation Committee, through their secretary, replied to this letter. The reply was confined to the facts of the case and the Committee were in my view perfectly entitled to defend themselves in this way.