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J Prices and Profits —— +.. I POWERS OF THE LOCAL COM- I MITTEES. j Reports from various parts of the country go to show that the Profiteering Act has already had its effect, prices of several commodities having already I dropped. Open-air markets in some towns have been the means of lowering the price of fish, fruit, and meat. On | the other hand, however, the prices of boots and shoes show an upward move- mcnt. We are informed that in the course of a few weeks, boots will be cheaper and that already one retailer in Leicester has decided upon a reduction of 3s. a pair. Swedes and Turnips. I At the meeting of the Burry Port Pro- fiteering Committee, Mr. Daniel Davies asked if it was true that a farmer was selling swedes and turnips in Burry Port last week at 12s. per cwt. Mr. A. E. Taylor: That cannot be dis- I puted. The Executive Officer: Swedes and turnips are not controlled. Mr. Daniel Davies: But that is a clear proof of profiteering. The Executive Officer: That is another question for the Profiteering Committee to decide. Cakes and Pastries. While cakes and pastries sold in tea shops are outside the scope of the Act, the same articles sold for home consump- tion are included, and reports indicate that a reduction has taken place. Seeing that the Select Committee on National Expenditure directed attention to the pro- bability of very large profits being made by the bakers of cakes and pastry pro- duced from subsidized flour, it will pro- bably not be long before complaints to local committees lead to an investigation of the prices now charged. This is one case in which, if the profits are not ex- cessive, the retailer, who is generally also the manufacturer, can easily prove how he stands. I When complaints must be made. It is important that shoppers should 1 remember that complaints of profiteering must be lodged within four days of the alleged offence. In districts where the local authority has refused to appoint a local committee or has not yet met To ) consider the appointment, complaints can still be lodged with the clerk to the local authority. The lodging of complaints may have a decided effect upon an ob- structionist authority. Fish, Fruit and Vegetables. I Mr. McCurdy, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Food Ministry, on Wed- nesday gave some particulars of a new scheme adopted by the Ministry to pre- vent profiteering in fish, fruit, and vege- tables. With regard to fish, Mr. Mc Curdy said: "I find that fishermen and merchants at ports are entirely agreed on the point that the public pay far too I much for their fish. They use quite strong language about that. We have come to the conclusion that control must be local and not national. Controlled prices must be very rapidly adjustable to I meet sudden fluctuations in cost. By a i new Order the Food Control committees 'I are being authorised to adopt local schemes for regulating retail prices in their own districts for such artcles as the Food Controller may prescribe. I Butter Prices. I Mr. John Davies asked at the meeting of the Burry Port Committee whether a tradesman could charge portion of train- fare in addition to the control price for butter, which was the case in Burry Port. The Executive Officer: No. If it can be proved, it is a case the Profiteering Com- mittee should investigate. Mr. Davies: It has been done. The Executive Officer: If the consumer wants it, he will have it at any price. There is going to be a shortage. The Glamorganshire miners have swept Car- diganshire when down on holidays and have paid as much as 3s. 6d. per lb. How can you stop it when transactions are I done privately. Anxious Inquirers. I Letters of inquiry which have been re- ceived by the Controller of the Profiteer- ing Act Department show that now that committees are appointed and complaints can bo lodged by the public traders are 'I becoming uneasy about their prices and profits. Among the traders inquiring as to their position is a country tobcconist II whose shop is 10 miles from the ralway station. He has to pay 5s. for parcels of tobacco and cigarettes to be brought out I to him, and his inquiry is whether he is profiteering if he charges 6d a packet for cigarettes sold in the town at 5id. That other traders, instead of sending in- quiries to the Controller, have devoted some time to the reduction of their prices is easily apparent to anyone taking the trouble to compare the prices to-day with those of a. month or six weeks ago.



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