HC Deb 21 May 1979 vol 967 cc690-1
18. Mr. Neubert

asked the Secretary of State for Trade when he expects to meet the chairman of the Price Commission.

Mrs. Sally Oppenheim

My right hon. Friend met the chairman last week to explain our proposals for the strengthening of competition policy. We have no immediate plans for a further meeting, but I shall be glad to meet the chairman to discuss this or any other matters at any time.

Mr. Neubert

What assurances can my right hon. Friend give that on the abolition of the Price Commission sensitive information obtained during the course of Price Commission investigations will not be subsequently turned to individuals' commercial advantage?

Mrs. Oppenheim

I assure my hon. Friend that the chairman of the Price Commission has signed the Official Secrets Act. This continues after he abandons his chairmanship of the Price Commission, so I hope that my hon. Friend's fears are without any grounds whatsoever.

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