HC Deb 07 April 1971 vol 815 cc149-50W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether, in view of the Government's declared policy of cutting prices, he will give the reasons why he has, since June, 1970, taken action and agreed to price increases in goods and services of more than 60 items ranging from two and a half per cent. to 100 per cent.; and when he expects to reduce these and other prices and services coming within the control of his Department.

Mr. Peter Walker

The reasons are various, but mostly stem from increased costs since the previous prices were approved, in many cases several years ago. Charges will be reduced if and when the costs permit, but such reductions will not necessarily require my approval.