HC Deb 08 November 1976 vol 919 cc36-7W
Mr. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what was the percentage increase in price of the following commodities during the 12-months periods October 1973 to September 1974, October 1974 to September 1975 and October 1975 to September 1976, namely tea, butter, sugar, milk, potatoes, bread and coffee.

Mr. Maclennan

Percentage price changes for the commodities specified are given in the table below. These have been derived from information gathered by the Department of Employment for the Retail Price Index.

(2) if his Department's proposals for a new Price Code will involve the abandonment of historic reference periods; and, if so, by what criteria it will be replaced;

(3) what criteria are likely to be laid down in the new prices policy to differentiate between justified and unwarranted price increases.

Mr. Maclennan

My right hon. Friend is examining the form which prices policy might take after July 1977 but is not yet ready to propose changes.

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