§ Mr. Kilfedder
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he is satisfied with the efforts of the Department of Commerce in controlling price rises, particularly in relation to food and clothes; and if he has any plans to improve the effectiveness of these controls.
§ Mr. Concannon
Control of profits and price rises on consumer goods in Northern Ireland, as elsewhere in the United Kingdom, is exercised by the Price Commission under the Price Code. The 109W Department of Commerce has responsibility in Northern Ireland for enforcement functions in relation to price orders, made under Section 2 of the Prices Act 1974, which prescribe maximum prices or profit margins on subsidised foods. A high level of compliance with these orders has been secured.