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Motor Spares

Volume 961: debated on Monday 22 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection whether he has received the report from the Price Commission on the price of motor spares.

The Under-Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection
(Mr. Robert Maclennan)

No, Sir. My right hon. Friend's direction does not require the Commission to present its report to him before 31 March 1979.

Can the hon. Gentleman confirm that many motor manufacturers as well as component makers make spare parts? Can he confirm that they will be equally consulted with the other manufacturers in this inquiry?

The Price Commission was required by the direction issued on 10 August to examine the prices, costs and margins in the manufacture and distribution of parts for motor cars. I can therefore answer the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question in the affirmative.