§ Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop
asked the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development which component items of the cost-of-living index are commonly subject to resale price maintenance; and what was the index value of each such item at the latest computation.
§ Mr. Heath
Precise information is not available about the extent of resale price maintenance within the various components of the index of retail prices. Groups or sub-groups of the index within which prices are substantially subject to resale price maintenance and the appropriate index figures for December, 1963, are:
Index figure for 10th December, 1963 (16th January, 1962=100) Alcoholic drink 103.2 Tobacco 100 Radio, television and other household appliances 96 Books, newspapers and periodicals 107 Medicines, toilet requisites, soap, cleaning materials, matches, etc. 100 Stationery, travel and sports goods, toys, photographic and optical goods, etc. 103
Items subject to resale price maintenance are also included in other groups or subgroups of the index.