§ 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.114W
§ 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.