Dáil Éireann - Volume 296 - 09 February, 1977

Written Answers. - Price Increases.

91. Mr. Briscoe and Mr. Dowling asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce the number of applications at present before the National Prices Commission for price increases; if he will specify the particular item or service and the increase applied for in each case; and the date on which each application was received.

[1153] Minister for Industry and Commerce (Mr. Keating): On 8th February, 1977 the number of applications for price increases under examination in my Department or under consideration by the National Prices Commission was 45. Since information in regard to individual applications must be treated as confidential, it is not possible for me to give the further information sought.

92. Mr. Briscoe and Mr. Dowling asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce the number of price increases [1154] that have been granted by his Department since the recent budget; the amount of each particular increase; and if he will specify the item or service.

Minister for Industry and Commerce (Mr. Keating): The number of price increases recommended by the National Prices Commission and accepted by me in the period from the date of the budget, 26th January, 1977 to 7th February, 1977 was 21. The further information sought by the Deputy is given in the following table:

Name of Firm

Products/Service Involved

Amount of Increase

Philip Pierce & Co. Ltd., Wexford.

Farm machinery and motorised concrete mixers

Amounts ranging between 4% and 15.3%

Killeen Paper Mills Ltd., Dublin.

Corrugated paper products

9.5% average

National Board & Paper Mills Ltd., Granagh, Co. Waterford.

Corrugated paper products

9.5% average

Private Motorists Protection Association (P.M.P.A.) Dublin.

Annual membership fee

£1 per annum

City of Waterford Gas Co., Waterford.

Town Gas

4.2p per therm

Cork Gas Co., Cork.

Gas

2.3911p per therm

Cork Dental Hospital, Cork.

Charges for dental treatment

Average increase in the region of 45%-50%

Bryan S. Ryan Ltd., Dublin.

Office equipment

An increase in cash margins resulting in a price increase of 3.64% average.

Crest Foods Ltd., Castleknock, Co. Dublin.

“Chocoflake”

£40 per tonne

Electrolux Ltd., Dublin.

Service charges

30%

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland

Fees and subscriptions

Amounts ranging between £1 and £36

The O'Connell Bridge School of Motoring, Dublin.

Driving tuition (passenger and commercial vehicles)

27.35% average

Addressograph Multigraph Ltd., Dublin.

Technical service charges

10% average

Cross's Refrigeration Ltd., Cork.

Service charges for repairing commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.

16% average

Cork City Coal Importers.

Anthracite Nuts

£5.71 per ton (retail)

Buncrana Traders Ltd., Donegal.

Polish coal

£7.28 per ton (retail)

[1155][1156]Sligo Coal Importers, Sligo.

Polish coal

£7.39 per ton (retail)

Irish Containers Ltd., Dublin.

Stainless steel sinks.

7.5%

Lever Brothers (I) Ltd., Dublin.

(i) Household and industrial detergents and toilet preparations.

(ii) Household detergents and toiletries.

(i) 8.4% average

(ii) An increase in cash margins resulting in a price increase of 1.5%.

Irish Raleigh Industries Ltd., Dublin.

Bicycles

10% average

Scotts Foods Ltd., Dublin.

“Scotchoc”

3.5% average