HC Deb 28 March 1946 vol 421 c94W
Major Cecil Poole

asked the Minister of Supply and of Aircraft Production if he has considered the advertisement in the "Birmingham Mail "of 23rd March, a copy of which has been sent to him, wherein Messrs. Norman Potts, of 105, Alcester Road, South Birmingham, offer 30s. for four hours to 100 people to act as runners on 27th March at the sale of machine tools at Castle Bromwich; and if he will cause this firm to be immediately blacklisted in order to stop this practice, which is unfair to private purchasers.

Mr. Woodburn:

I am sending niy hon. and gallant Friend a copy of the Department's instruction to approved machine tool merchants dated 31st December last. From this he will see that merchants' offers can only be made by their whole time employees who are in possession of permits issued by the Department. Any breach of this condition by a merchant would result in his immediate removal from the approved list. I myself was present at the opening of this sale and was greatly impressed by the smoothness of the arrangements.