asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what steps are being taken to deal with the allegations of infringements of the Resale Prices Act made in the recent Thames television programme"TV Eye"and if he will make a statement.
I have seen a transcript of the programme and am very concerned at the scale of the allegations. It is for the Director General of Fair Trading to investigate allegations of breaches of the Resale Prices Act. I understand that he has already begun investigations to see whether there is sufficient evidence to justify recommending that proceedings be taken on behalf of the Crown against one or more of the suppliers concerned for contravention of the provisions of the Act. I also understand that proceedings by the Crown under the Act are being considered in another case.