HC Deb 07 February 1977 vol 925 c492W
26. Mr. John Ellis

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what action he proposes to take following the reports of the Monopolies Commission in allowing the professions to advertise.

Mr. Hattersley

I fully endorse the views of my predecessor, announced on 29th July and 6th August 1976, that solicitors, vets, and accountants should have greater freedom to advertise. I regret that in discussion with the Director General of Fair Trading the professional bodies concerned have shown themselves reluctant to consider any significant change in their present practice. I urge them to heed the Monopolies Commission's findings and to reach an early agreement, in the public interest.