§ Mr. Ron Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if she will publish in the Official Report a list of those items of goods and services covered by the Index of Retail Prices which are subject to the 5 per cent. check scheme.
§ Mr. Maclennan
The original list of the items covered by the Price Check Scheme, which was placed in the Library on 11th February, is set out below. However since the scheme was launched I have had to accept the withdrawal of car batteries under the agreed withdrawal clause because of a sharper than expected increase in the price of lead. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment will be dealing with the coverage of the retail price index in answer to another Question. All the items in the Price Check Scheme fall within the categories covered by the retail price index.