§ Mr. Giles Shaw
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection 374W how many auditing companies her Department or the Price Commission has commissioned to survey the operation of the Price Check Scheme; how much it is costing; and if she will list where this is taking place.
§ Mr. Maclennan
The Price Commission already collect prices in many outlets both for Price Check Scheme and other purposes. One auditing company has been commissioned to collect prices of Price Check Scheme items to supplement this information. The cost throughout the whole period of the Scheme until mid-August is expected to be about £30,000.