HC Deb 31 October 1947 vol 443 c135W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the President of the Board of Trade when the Government propose to implement their pledge to liquidate cartel operations; and why International Hydrogenation Products Company is permitted to restrict the production of synthetic petrol in this country.

Mr. H. Wilson

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Fuel and Power is not aware that the production of synthetic petrol in this country is being restricted by the International Hydrogenation Patents Company to which I presume the hon. Member is referring, but I will gladly consider any information the hon. Member can let me have on the subject. The Government's policy in regard to restrictive practices is to inquire into the extent and effect of particular arrangements and to take appropriate action to check those shown to be contrary to the interests of the nation, and as already stated they propose as soon as time permits to initiate legislation on these lines.

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