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Volume 932: debated on Friday 20 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection (1) with which trade bodies his Department consulted, prior to the inquiries initiated by the Price Commission into hotel prices in Turnberry;(2) what power his Department possesses to order hotels not to alter their charges in the light of seasonal circumstances.

My Department neither conducted inquiries nor exercises the powers in question. Section 6 of the Counter-Inflation Act 1973 provides the Price Commission with powers to secure that the provisions of the Price Code concerning prices and charges are implemented.