§ Mr. David Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he is satisfied that the administration of licensing of employment agencies is being carried out as efficiently as possible; and by what percentage the retail price index has risen during the period between the setting of licence fees in 1976 and the increase of 33.3 per cent. about to take effect.
§ Mr. Harold Walker
Yes. Ministerial decisions on the present fee of £72 and the new fee of £96 were taken on 10th November 1975 and 7th March 1978 respectively. In the intervening period, the retail price index rose by 33 per cent.