HC Deb 18 January 1977 vol 924 cc113-4W
Mr. Roy Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if he will refer to the Price Commission the profit margins of manufacturers and retailers of school uniforms.

Mr. Hattersley

On 22nd December I asked the Price Commission to examine and report on prices of, and margins on, prescribed school clothing other than footwear, underwear and sportswear; including the effect of production in small quantities and distribution through nominated retailers. Many schools prescribe the clothing which their pupils are to wear, and I know of parents' concern over the cost involved, both for standard garments and for items of clothing particular to individual schools. I have asked the Price Commission to look at prices and profits at all levels from manufacture to retail sale. As I have made clear, the making of a reference does not imply that there is anything wrong.