HC Deb 05 July 1951 vol 489 c232W
43. Mr. Gibson

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether in view of the fact that trade associations are insisting on their members selling their goods at the maximum prices authorised by Board of Trade Orders, and that this results in higher prices than are economically necessary and unnecessarily high profits, he will take steps in the interests of the consumers to reconsider the whole list of maximum prices.

Mr. Rhodes

I know of no case in which a trade association insists on its members selling their goods at the maximum prices permitted by Board of Trade Orders. On the contrary, I know of many cases where goods are sold below maximum prices. If, however, my hon. Friend has evidence that any trade association is acting in the way he describes, I shall be glad to consider it. As regards the last part of the Question, all our maximum price Orders are under constant review in the light of changing circumstances.