Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Prices Advisory Body.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state (a) the number of applications for increases in prices of any commodity or service referred to the Prices Advisory Body since the date of establishment of the tribunal; (b) the number of such applications in respect of which the tribunal has held public hearings; (c) the number of applications dealt with to date by the tribunal, and (d) the number of recommendations made by the tribunal indicating separately the number of recommendations in which it was recommended that the full increase applied for be granted; the number in which the complete rejection of the application was recommended and the number in which an increase less than that sought in the application was recommended.

The number of applications for increases in prices of commodities or services referred to the Prices Advisory Body since its establishment to 7th July, 1951, is 167. Public sittings have been held in respect of 15 applications.

The body has submitted recommendations in 155 cases. It has recommended that 11 applications be rejected; that an increase less than the amount sought be granted in 53 cases; and that the full increase sought be granted in 91 cases.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state (1) the number of applications made to the Prices Advisory Tribunal for increases in the prices of commodities and (2) the number of times the full increase applied for was granted.

The number of applications made to the Prices Advisory Body from the date of its establishment up to and including the 7th July, 1951, for increases in prices of commodities (apart from charges for services) was 148. The body has recommended that the full increase applied for be granted in 75 cases. In the case of services, the number of applications was 19 and the full increase applied for was recommended in 16 cases.