HC Deb 10 March 1955 vol 538 c69W
33. Mr. Popplewell

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that a local firm offered tea at 1s. per pound cheaper to the Hillfield Friendship Club, Newcastle upon Tyne; that, before the first delivery was made, the offer had to be cancelled because the firm was told future supplies would be stopped if the retail price was cut; and if he will ask the Monopolies Commission to expedite its report on restrictive practices regarding tea.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

The Commission is not investigating the supply of tea as such, but its current inquiry under Section 15 of the Monopolies and Restrictive Practices Act, 1948, has a close bearing on the methods used to enforce resale price conditions. I hope to receive the Commission's report by the middle of the year.