HC Deb 21 July 1960 vol 627 c61W
70. Sir W. Wakefield

asked the President of the Board of Trade why, in distributing the questionnaire in connection with his fact-finding inquiry into resale price maintenance, he has not made clear in the covering letter that the object of this inquiry is to enable him to decide whether or not to introduce legislation to prevent or curtail resale price maintenance as at present permitted under the Restrictive Trade Practices Act; and whether he will now issue an explanatory note explaining the reason for the questionnaire.

Mr. J. Rodgers

As my right hon. Friend indicated to my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham, South (Mr. W. Clark) on 17th March, the object of the inquiry is to elicit the facts about resale price maintenance, and the foreword to the questionnaire reflects this. The question of whether or not to introduce fresh legislation will arise only when the facts have been studied. In these circumstances, my right hon. Friend sees no need for any additional note.