29 NOVEMBER 1924, Page 3

Sir Auckland Geddes is to be Chairman of the Royal

Commission on Food Prices. The Commission's terms of reference are as follows :

" To inquire into the conditions prevailing in the wholesale and retail trades in articles of food of general consumption so far as they affect. prices, particularly having regard to the difference between the prices received by producers and the prices paid by consumers, and to report what action, if any, can usefully be taken."

It is believed that the Commission will sit continuously— no members of Parliament are appointed to it—and that it will be urged to present its conclusions as soon as possible. It will probably be asked to deal first with wheat and meat and to present an Interim Report on those commodities. Much of the ground has, of course, been already covered by the Linlithgow Committee. Mr. Baldwin has undoubtedly interpreted public opinion aright in giving urgency to this inquiry.

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