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European Policy

Volume 894: debated on Monday 23 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what effective consideration has been given by the European Commission for consumer affairs and protection.

In 1973 a consumer information and protection division was created within the Commission and a Consumers' Consultative Committee was established to advise the Commission. The Commission's preliminary programme for consumer information and protection was approved in principle by the Council of Ministers on 14th April 1975.

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if she will publish the EEC rules of competition related to restrictive agreements affecting trade between member States.

These have already been published by HMSO. The relevant rules are contained in Articles 85 and 87–90 of the Treaty of Rome; the implementing regulations are to be found in the publication "Secondary Legislation of the European Communities. Volume 4: Competition".

( c) margarine in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what was the Government subsidy in each case.

Average retail prices of butter and margarine, derived from information collected for the purposes of the General Index of Retail Prices, are set out below, together with the value of the general subsidy on butter. There is no subsidy on margarine.