Toilet Requisites (Prices)

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th April 1965.

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Photo of Mr William Hamling Mr William Hamling , Woolwich West 12:00 am, 29th April 1965

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will set up an inquiry into the prices of toilet requisites, including toothpaste, toilet soaps, shaving soaps, and lavatory cleaners.

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

No, Sir. Where there are price increases that appear to the Government to justify investigation these will be referred to the National Board for Prices and Incomes.

Photo of Mr William Hamling Mr William Hamling , Woolwich West

Is my hon. Friend aware that the price of some of these things has gone up by as much as 20 per cent. in the last couple of months?

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

Yes, Sir. We have had discussions with the Toilet Preparations Federation and the Society of British Soap Makers about their recent price increases, and we are satisfied that the traders concerned are aware of the need to absorb their cost increases in their prices as far as possible.

Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton

Does that reply include a reference to the grossly excessive price increases in soap powders?