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Bakers, Nw Area (Gas Charge)

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 20 February 1952

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asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that bakers in the district served by the North Western Gas Board have to pay a flat rate for gas instead of the special bakers' rate which was customary before nationalisation; if he has taken this into account in estimating the cost of baking; and if his Department will make representations to the Gas Board to re-introduce the special bakers' rate.

The change referred to had not been brought to my notice. The actual cost of gas is taken into account in estimating the cost of bread baking. It is open to the bakers to make representations to the area gas board, and, if necessary, to the Gas Consultative Council, and it would not be appropriate for me to intervene.