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Consumption Statistics

Volume 441: debated on Wednesday 6 August 1947

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51.

asked the Minister of Food what was the total weight and value of all principal foods consumed in this country in 1946; and the corresponding details for foods sup- plied to restaurants and canteens, separately.

As the reply includes a large number of figures, I shall, with permission, circulate it in, the OFFICIAL REPORT.

QUANTITY AND VALUE OF PRINCIPAL FOODSTUFFS CONSUMED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM IN 1946.
TOTAL FOOD.CATERING ESTABLISHMENTS.
——Quantity. '000 tons.Value (a) £'000.Quantity (b) '000 tons.Value (c) £'000.
Bread4,415101,63850310,941
Flour1,75333,887891,946
Cakes and Biscuits1,113150,10410713,201
Meat and Offal (d)1,814211,34718221,140
Canned Meat17232,229152,667
Bacon and Ham (e)30657,255213,416
Fresh fish1,07281,591
Butter22940,957203,337
Margarine, lard and cooking fat50439,877584,292
Fresh milk (e)6,700207,79898928,799
Canned milk16614,026171,337
Dried milk428,2053224
Cheese21825,983202,118
Eggs in shell (e)20127,054
Dried egg3717,71952,274
Tea19163,3283210,129
Sugar1,25449,506923,155
Jam and Marmalade28333,591282,801
Chocolate and sugar confectionery23249,529244,136
Potatoes5,50260 225
Vegetables2,26511,6844
Canned and dried vegetables34925,660
Fresh fruit98595,518
All other foodstuffs178,87569,582
1,722,746185,495
(a) These values are the totals of the estimated expenditure in the following five categories:
(i) Domestic purchases of food by households at retail prices, together with the value at farm prices of produce consumed on farms, and the value at the cost to the consumer of welfare foods provided under the National Milk, Milk-in-schools, and vitamin schemes.
(ii) Purchases by Category A catering establishments (restaurants, hotels and all residential establishments, together with institutions such as services hospitals, orphanages, hostels, etc., and school canteens and feeding centres, war-time nurseries, and public and private day schools) valued at the prices paid by these establishments.
(iii) Purchases by Category B catering establishments (voluntary service canteens, fire and police canteens, Industrial "A" and "B" canteens, Youth Service centres, workers' recreational clubs, and all other Cadet clubs, etc.) valued at the prices paid by these establishments.
(iv) Purchases by the Services of food for the Armed Forces in the U.K. valued at the prices paid by the Services.
(v) The quantities of ingredients used for the production of manufactured foods and their value at the prices paid by manufacturers are included against the ingredients where these are given separately in the above table. The value of other ingredients and the added value resulting from manufacture are shown against "All other foodstuffs."
(b) The quantities of unrationed foods consumed in catering establishments are unknown. An estimate of their value is included in the total.
(c) These values represent the totals of groups (ii) and (iii) noted in (a) above.
(d) Including canned corned meat and pork self-suppliers.
(e) Including self-suppliers.

Can my right hon. Friend say how these figures compare with those during and before the war?

Following is the statement: