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Prices (Northern Ireland)

Volume 958: debated on Monday 20 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what progress he has made on his promise during his visit to Northern Ireland that he would be prepared to examine the reasons for the generally higher price levels that pertain in the Province.

I made it clear during my visit to Northern Ireland that, while recognising that there was genuine concern over the levels of prices there, I had reached no conclusions as to possible causes or solutions. The first task must be to establish the facts and I am considering with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland the scope for a study with this purpose.