§ Mr. Alfred Morris
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that F. & W. Ingham are increasing certain charges, details of which have been sent to him, for air fares for winter holidays booked before devaluation in contravention of Government policy; and if he will refer the matter to the National Board for Prices and Incomes.
§ Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu:
I am aware that in some cases the charge for winter holidays has increased to meet increased costs overseas. Many of them were already priced above the minimum charge prescribed in the air service licence. In providing that the minimum price should be at the pre-devaluation level the Board of Trade did not preclude a travel agent from charging more to meet increased costs. Since such increases relate to expenditure overseas, it is not appropriate to refer them to the National Board for Prices and Incomes.