HC Deb 16 December 1948 vol 459 cc194-5W
95. Mr. Elwyn Jones

asked the President of the Board of Trade when he expects to announce the names of the members of the Monopolies Commission; and when it is proposed that the activities of the Commission shall commence.

Mr. H. Wilson

I have now issued a number of invitations and I hope to receive final replies shortly. The Chairman and some of the members have agreed to serve on the Commission, but I do not propose to announce their names until I am in a position to give details of the complete membership. I hope to do this early in January.

In answer to the second part of the Question, I do not propose to make any references to the Commission until they are ready to deal with them. There must clearly be a short period after the appointment of the Commission to enable them to complete the setting up of their organisation, but I hope that they may be in a position to receive references by 1st March.