asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection (1) when he expects to receive the report of the Price Commission on the London Transport Executive application for price increases;(2) what consultations with representatives of all interested parties, including transport users, he had before reference to the Price Commission of any proposed London Transport fare increases;
question on 16th June 1977 by my hon. Friend the Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Lewis)—[Vol. 933. c. 225–6]—If the proposed increase of 10 per cent. with effect from 7th November 1977 were accepted their weekly rates of pay would be:
(3) why the reference of proposed fare increases by the London Transport Executive to the Price Commission was not made public, in view of the public interest in this matter; and if he will make a statement;
(4) whether he has referred to the Price Commission for the purpose of investigation under Section 4 of the Price Commission Act the proposed fare increases on London Transport services and if he will make a statement.
Since the coming into force of the Price Commission Act on 1st August no proposed fare increases have been notified by London Transport Executive to the Price Commission. The question of an investigation does not, therefore, at present arise.