§ 9. Mr. Stratton Mills
asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs how many of the 6,000 complaints about price increases received by his Department were considered as justified; how many were not; and how many of those which did not seem justified were subsequently reduced following representations.
§ Mr. M. Stewart
Over 1,000 complaints were outside the terms of the standstill. Of the remainder, nearly half are still being followed up. We believe that the number of increases already withdrawn, reduced or deferred following representations is greater than the 37 of which we have precise details.
§ Mr. Stewart
First, the Answer meant what it said. As to detail, it answered the points mentioned in the Question. I do not agree that this was a useless exercise, nor did the public think so. I think that it contributed to the degree of stability of prices which we have achieved during this period.
§ Mr. Stewart
I should like to answer the latter part of that question with notice, but the 6,000 complaints referred to in the Question cover nearly everything one could think of.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
If all the hullabaloo has boiled down to 37 cases for which the right hon. Gentleman is claiming effective action, would he be prepared to identify those 37 if I put down a Question?