HC Deb 09 October 1946 vol 427 cc58-9W
62. Mr. Shurmer

asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the widespread concern about black marketing in food and the fact that even after prosecution persons still have a chance to carry on this illegal practice, he will consider the confiscation of profits of offenders and expulsion from the trade.

Mr. Strachey

The Defence (General) Regulations provides that the minimum fine which shall be imposed upon conviction shall be such amount as will in the opinion of the court secure that the offender derives no benefit from the offence. In reply to the second part of the Question, the conduct of every trader convicted of "black market" or other serious offence against the food regulations is most carefully considered in my Department and in appropriate circumstances his licence to trade is revoked.

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