HC Deb 05 November 1945 vol 415 c1050W
Lieutenant W. Shepherd

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he proposes to take to avoid excessive prices for Christmas cards and toys.

Sir S. Cripps

As regards toys, I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to my reply to the hon. and gallant Member for North Portsmouth (Major Bruce) on 29th October. Christmas cards are price-regulated articles under the Prices of Goods Act, 1939, and if any specific cases of overcharging are reported to the Local Price Regulation Committees, they will make investigations. I should add, however, that practically no complaints about these goods have been made to the Committees, and I do not consider them a sufficiently important item of expenditure to justify making a special request to the Committees to allocate to them the time of the limited staff available.

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