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Flour Confectionery (Prices)

Volume 409: debated on Wednesday 11 April 1945

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asked the Minister of Food if he will amplify paragraph 3 of the Explanatory Note to the Emergency Powers (Defence) Food (Flour Confectionery) Order (S.R. & O., No. 268, of 1945), which makes it no longer an offence to buy, though still an offence to sell, flour confectionery at above the maximum price; and what steps he proposes to take to restrain agents provocateurs who may induce sellers to commit an offence.

The maximum price of certain classes of flour confectionery is calculated by reference to the costs of the ingredients, which the purchaser could not know. The Order was therefore amended so as to protect the purchaser from breaking the law by an inadvertent over-payment. I am not clear what my hon. Friend intends by the last part of his Question.