HC Deb 25 January 1968 vol 757 cc187-8W
Mr. Ford

asked the Minister of Technology whether he has yet received a report from the National Board for Prices and Incomes on television and radio rental and relay charges.

Mr. Benn

Yes. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs and I have received this Report, which is being published today. The Report draws attention to a number of important considerations affecting the industry and I welcome it as being likely to be most useful in examining questions on prices which may arise in the future.

My right hon. Friend, the President of the Board of Trade, is studying the suggestion in the Report about the desirability of requiring suppliers to include in advertisements information about charges payable over a period of years. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Housing and Local Government will follow up with the local authority associations the suggestion in the Report that local authorities might examine carefully proposed increases in charges for relayed reception.

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