Consumer Protection

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th December 1972.

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Photo of Mr Leslie Huckfield Mr Leslie Huckfield , Nuneaton 12:00 am, 14th December 1972

asked the Prime Minister if he will appoint a grocer to the Central Policy Review Body.

Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Mr. Carter) on 7th December.—[Vol. 847, c. 501.]

Photo of Mr Leslie Huckfield Mr Leslie Huckfield , Nuneaton

How many complaints has the Prime Minister had from grocers since the television broadcast he did the other night, when he told everyone to do their shopping in supermarkets? Is it the case that even if grocers wanted to keep down prices they could not do so because the present Government's, or Heathco's, prices freeze policy is a gigantic farce?

Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley

I have had no complaints of that kind and I have made none to myself.

Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth

Is the Prime Minister aware that, unlike himself, I am by qualification and training a grocer? When he is considering the composition of this review body, will the right hon. Gentleman undertake to consider my qualifications for appointment?

Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley

I shall, indeed, but I would not want to enter into competition with the hon. Gentleman.