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Food Price Increases

Volume 497: debated on Friday 21 March 1952

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asked the Minister of Food for a list of food price increase, on average, both rationed and non-rationed goods, since 1946 to the latest stated date.

The following list shows the approximate percentage increases in the retail prices of the main rationed and unrationed foods between January, 1946, and January, 1952:

Percentage Increase
Carcase meat54
Bacon71
Butter50
Margarine56
Cooking fat67
Cheese (rationed)85
Tea22
Sugar50
Milk (full price)33
Eggs125
Bread52
Flour32
Fish—
Cod cuts56
Herring70
Fruit and Vegetables—
Cabbage15
Carrots47
Oranges32
Potatoes71