Monopolies Commission's Report (Electrical Equipment)

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry, Trade and Regional Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th January 1964.

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Photo of Mr George Darling Mr George Darling , Sheffield, Hillsborough 12:00 am, 30th January 1964

asked the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development what decision he has come to on the recommendations in paragraph 1066 of the Monopolies Commission's Report on the Supply of Electrical Equipment for Mechanically Propelled Land Vehicles.

Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley

I have nothing to add to the Answer given to the right hon Member for Battersea, North (Mr. Jay) on 16th January.

Photo of Mr George Darling Mr George Darling , Sheffield, Hillsborough

If I remember rightly, the Answer was that the Government were doing something about three of the recommendations and considering the fourth. As there was no indication as to which the recommendations were, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman what he is doing about the recommendation that the Battery Association should bring to an end the price information agreement on which the members of the Association have been working?

Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley

My hon. Friend's Answer made it clear that the recommendation that Lucas's interest in certain companies should be made known was dealt with by the publication of the Report. The other two recommendations about resale price maintenance and information agreements were covered by the statement that I made to the House the week before last announcing the legislation which we propose to introduce. I am now considering the last recommendation about publishing prices and terms.