Petrol Prices

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th December 1977.

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Photo of Mr Tim Smith Mr Tim Smith , Ashfield 12:00 am, 5th December 1977

While welcoming the Minister's recent statement about cash discounts on the retail sales of petrol, may I ask him to explain to the House why it is not possible simply to introduce regulations stating that garages will sell petrol at a particular price per gallon and outlaw the practice of selling at X pence per gallon less Y pence discount?