HC Deb 08 May 1968 vol 764 cc93-4W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that cosmetic manufacturers and

additional employment, industry by industry.

Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody

The information is given in the following table:

retailers of their products are going to reduce prices by 10 per cent.; and whether he will refer to the National Board for Prices and Incomes prices charged by these firms 12 months ago when taxes and costs were lower.

Mr. Dell

There has been speculation in the Press about the effect on retail prices of the ending of resale price maintenance by cosmetic manufacturers; but I am aware of no proposals by manufacturers or established retailers to reduce prices. I do not think that a reference to the National Board for Prices and Incomes on the lines suggested by my hon. Friend would be appropriate.