HC Deb 11 May 1971 vol 817 c178
1. Mr. Eadie

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will now make a definitive statement on the effect which decimalisation had on price changes.

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Mr. James Prior)

The change-over to the new currency went very smoothly, and I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 2nd March to the hon. Members for Brent-ford and Chiswick (Mr. Barnes) and Portsmouth, West (Mr. Judd.)—[Vol. 812, c. 376,]

Mr. Eadie

But how can the right hon. Gentleman know whether things went smoothly, particularly when last night he accepted a Motion moved by my hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, North (Mr. Wallace) calling upon the Government …to set up an organisation for consumer protection with powers to scrutinise and check prices of essential goods and services."? When will that body be set up?

Mr. Prior

That has nothing to do with the Question, which deals with decimalisation. As I have told the hon. Gentleman before in answer to a supplementary question, all the reports are that it has gone very smoothly.