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Price Control Agencies

Volume 931: debated on Monday 9 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if he will set in train an examination of the overall effect on the consumer of the operations of the Prices Commission, the Office of Fair Trading, the Monopolies and Mergers Commission and the National Consumer Council.

In a dynamic area such as prices, competition and consumer protection where a number of bodies are operating, I am continually alive to the need to keep in mind the overall effect of their activities; but there appears at present to be no call for a special examination.