§ Mr. B. SMITH
asked the Minister of Health whether he will institute a full investigation into the price-fixing associations concerned with the production or sale of various building materials?
§ Mr. R. MORRISON
asked the Minister of Health why, in spite of lower fuel costs, the price of bricks, cast-iron goods, glazed ware, and other building material still remains higher than before the coal stoppage; and whether he proposes to take any action?208W
§ Sir K. WOOD
The Inter-Departmental Committee on the Prices of Building Materials, which is presided over by my hon. Friend the Member for the Ripon Division (Major Hills), keeps in constant touch with and investigates prices of building materials. In their last Report the Committee state that they are taking steps to inquire into the reasonableness of present prices. I have no doubt that a report will be made to my right hon. Friend in regard to the matter in due course.