§ 66. Mr. Chetwynd
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will refer the international oil agreements of British oil companies to the Monopolies Commission for the specific purpose of investigating information which Her Majesty's Government consider contrary to international courtesy to produce to the United States Department of Justice.
§ Mr. H. Strauss
No. I would point out that under the Monopolies and Restrictive Practices (Inquiry and Control) Act, 1948, a reference to the Monopolies Commission which sought information about the affairs of the companies marketing oil in this country would have to be limited to the supply and processing of oil products in the United Kingdom and exports of oil products from the United Kingdom.