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Washing Machine (Uk Sales)

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 24 April 1951

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the fact that an arrangement was made between the Thor Corporation, Chicago, and the manufacturers of the Parnall washing machine in this country by which the latter organisation was granted a licence by the former to manufacture these machines on condition that the machines would be supplied exclusively to the British Electricity Authority for resale in their showrooms; and what action he proposes to take to stop this practice of monopoly distribution of a household requisite.

We have no power to interfere with the arrangement in question. There are many makes of washing machine on the market and I am informed that the Parnall machines represent only a small proportion of the total supply in this country.