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Armament Manufacture (Profits)

Volume 345: debated on Monday 20 March 1939

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asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether his attention has been drawn to the Defence Purchasing Bill introduced in the Canadian House of Commons which, among other provisions, seeks to limit armament profits; and whether he is prepared to introduce similar legislation in this country?

I have been asked to reply. I am informed by the Dominions Office that a Bill dealing with defence purchases was introduced recently in the Canadian House of Commons. I do not know whether this is the Bill to which the hon. Member refers, as copies have not yet been received in this country.

Will the Chancellor of the Exchequer acquaint himself at an early date with the provisions of this Bill, as he may find it useful to himself in the near future?