§ 31. Mr. Corbett
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what steps he is taking to ensure that, following his decision not to impose maximum margins on 14 coal merchants in West Wales as recommended by the Price Commission report published on 28th February, other coal merchants in the area do not enter into price fixing rings and operate uncompetitively.
§ Mr. Maclennan
Under the Restrictive Trade Practices Act the Director General of Fair Trading is responsible for investigating and bringing before the court any alleged price fixing ring. On the notification of the Price Commission the Director General has already served statutory notices on certain coal merchants in West Wales requiring them to state whether they are parties to such a ring.