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Secondhand Furniture (Prices)

Volume 466: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1949

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70.

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the low prices now generally prevailing for secondhand furniture other than antiques, he will free the controls on secondhand furniture.

I do not think the time is ripe for abandonment of control over the prices of all secondhand furniture. We are, however, looking into the position as regards non-utility furniture, and an order has already been made removing the first-hand price limit on secondhand sales of such furniture. This order, which comes into force on 11th July, will in no way modify the present control over the distributor's margin.