HC Deb 09 June 1986 vol 99 cc43-4W
Mr. Gordon Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make an order under section 5 of the Prices Act 1974 compelling private hospitals to display their fees and their charges; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Howard

The relevant powers are in section 4 of the Act, as amended, but I have no plans to make an order for this purpose. I am not satisfied that such a measure would be justified, nor, in view of the wide range of services and treatments provided, that it would be practicable.