HC Deb 21 July 1975 vol 896 cc28-9
20. Mr. Giles Shaw

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection when the next report of the Price Commission will be published; and whether she will make a statement.

Mr. Maclennan

The Price Commission's Ninth Report should be published on 24th July and will be laid before the House.

Mr. Shaw

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it would be of great benefit to the House to have the Price Commission's report available at this time, when we are to discuss this important measure? Does he further agree that the Price Commission's report has been available to his Department for some time? Why should it be released so much later than the consultative document to which the Secretary of State referred this afternoon?

Mr. Maclennan

I am in a fair measure of agreement with the hon. Gentleman. We have been discussing with the Price Commission the possibility of its providing its quarterly reports more quickly, to take account of the considerations put forward by the hon. Gentleman.