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Volume 933: debated on Monday 13 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what representations he has made to the Price Commission, following discussions with the Thames Nitrogen Company of Rainham, Essex; and whether these representations have resulted in the price charged by Imperial Chemical Industries for ammonia being increased.

The consideration of applications by manufactuers for price increases under the Price Code is a matter solely for the Price Commission. Approval has now in fact been given by the Commission for ICI to increase the price of its whole range of fertiliser products—based largely on ammonia—by an average of 7 per cent., to take effect from mid-year. Compound fertiliser prices will be raised by a somewhat lower figure and straight nitrogen fertiliser by a higher amount, around 10 per cent.