asked the Minister of Food to state the average prices paid for home-produced and imported supplies of the following foods during the past six months or other convenient period: beef, lamb and mutton, bacon, shell eggs, cheese, wheat, barley and linseed.
The following table shows the average prices.
|AVERAGE PRICES PAID DURING SIX MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31ST, 1948|
|Commodity||Home-produced Supplies||Imported supplies||Remarks|
|Beef||…||£136·08 per ton||Frozen fore £68·25 per ton c.i.f. and hind quarters||Price paid for home-produced supplies are net, i.e. prices paid to producers less the sales relisations from all offals.|
|Boned and £79·75 per ton c.i.f.|
|Lamb||…||£216·25 per ton||£103·54 per ton c.i.f.||No expenses have been included. Lump sum payments to Argentine and Uruguay are exluded.|
|Mutton||…||£165·33 per ton||£64·49 per ton c.i.f.|
|Bacon||…||239s. per cwt. Ex factory||218s. 10d. per cwt. C.i.f.|
|Shell Eggs||…||£6 6s. 8d. per box of 30 doz.||£4 5s. 6d. per box of 30 doz. C.i.f.|
|Rationed||…||101s. 6d. per cwt. (excluding the milk subsidy)||206s. 10d. per cwt.c.i.f.||There is a subsidy on the milk used for manufacture equivalent on the average to 217s.|
|Points||…||—||303s. per cwt. c.i.f.||per cwt. of home produced cheese.|
|Wheat||…||£20 11s. 8d. to £23 3s. 0d. per ton||£23 3s. 0d. per ton c.i.f.||Home-grown wheat is not bought by the Ministry. Prices which vary according to the month, are those for millable wheat contained in the Home Grown Wheat Order for sale by an approved buyer.|
|Barley||…||£23 10s. 0d. per ton (minimum, for millable barley)||£32 10s. 2d, per ton c.i.f.||Prices paid for home-produced supplies cover purchases of millable barley) by the Ministry. (The price paid for barley for human consumption on a sale by an approved buyer can reach £31 5s. 0d.)|
|Linseed||…||£59 3s. 0d. per ton||£62 0s. 2d. per ton c.i.f.|
|NOTE—The prices for imported supplies are based on the figures published in the Trade and Navigation Accounts for the period July-December, 1948.|