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Volume 411: debated on Tuesday 29 May 1945

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that many market traders are charging for combs and other haberdashery prices higher than the controlled retail prices; whether he has considered the Report on the subject issued by the North Midland Region Local Price Regulation Committee; and what action he is taking in the matter.

I am aware that there is some evasion of the Maximum Price Orders applying to combs and certain other articles; and the Local Price Regulation Committees in every region are actively searching out offenders. There were 113 successful prosecutions, both of market traders and other traders, during the first three months of this year for contraventions of the relevant Orders. Further prosecutions are pending.