§ 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.