HC Deb 26 January 1971 vol 810 cc81-2W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he is aware that the firm of Polaroid Limited has increased the price of its films by 25 per cent. and that this is a monopoly which does not allow competition or discussion on the price of its goods; and whether he will refer the photographic industry to the Monopolies Commission for investigation.

Mr. Ridley

The instant developing films of which Polaroid Ltd. are monopoly suppliers cater mainly for certain specialised fields; in amateur photography as a whole they are in competition with conventional photographic equipment. I will, however, bear their pro- ducts in mind along with others which satisfy the statutory criteria for reference.