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Dual Pricing

Volume 975: debated on Monday 3 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what evidence is available to demonstrate the abuse of dual pricing.

I understand that the hon. Member is referring to comparisons of selling prices with recommended retail prices. As a study of the newspapers will show, there is ample evidence of abuse in relation to electrically powered and similar domestic appliances, consumer electronic goods, carpets and furniture. I have therefore decided to ban such comparisons in these sectors from 10 December.