§ Mr. Gwilym Roberts
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what study he has made of the Price Commission report on tea prices and profits; what steps he is taking to reduce prices and curb excessive profits; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Maclennan
Officials have discussed with representatives of tea blenders and of retailers the Price Coommission's recommendation that prices should be reduced. The initial response of the tea blenders has been disappointing. My right hon. Friend is, however, arranging a further meeting for tomorrow. Retailers' representatives have said that any price cuts made by the blenders will be passed on in full.