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Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 November 1950

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asked the President of the Board of Trade which items in the cost of living index have risen in price after removal of price controls during this year.

Apart from non-utility goods which have counterparts in the utility schemes and are not covered by the index to any significant extent, the only items in the Board of Trade field which have been removed from price control this year and are covered by the Interim Index of Retail Prices are children's wellingtons, children's plimsolls, baby knitting wool, toothpaste and cold cream. Because of the higher cost of materials, the first three items have risen in price since the dates of decontrol, but in the case of the other two items there has been no change.