HC Deb 03 April 1981 vol 2 c170W
Mr. Foulkes

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will list the bodies, statutory and otherwise, for which he is responsible which sell a good or service, or whose activities have a direct bearing on the prices charged for goods and services, or which have any responsibility for monitoring any prices.

Mr. MacGregor

The Post Office, British Steel Corporation, British Shipbuilders, Cable and Wireless Ltd., BL Ltd., Rolls Royce Ltd., the Design Council and the Department's Research Establishments sell good s or services. Only the activities of the Post Office and BL Ltd. have a direct bearing on the retail price index. No body has responsibility for monitoring prices. My right hon. Friend has no statutory powers to approve or prevent nationalised industry price increases.