HC Deb 11 November 1947 vol 444 c48W
75. Mr. G. Thomas

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that tobacconists in many parts are withholding supplies of cigarettes in anticipation of recouping a profit if the price is increased in the autumn Budget; and what steps he proposes to take, in view of the extra burden placed upon those tobacconists who are trying to distribute their supplies fairly.

Mr. Belcher

I have no evidence that tobacconists are acting in the way my hon. Friend suggests.