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1974 The new Department assumed responsibility for consumer affairs including consumer protection; consumer credit; and standards, weights and measures. It supervised the work of the Price Commission and dealt with prices in the shops including food prices (this latter function being transferred from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food). It also had responsibility for monopolies; mergers; restrictive practices and the Office of Fair Trading.
The Department was headed by the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection.
1979 Following the general election, on 3rd May, the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection was abolished and its responsibilities transferred to the Department of Trade.