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Food Prices

Volume 530: debated on Wednesday 21 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Food if he will publish in HANSARD a table of figures showing the retail price of all items of food for which his Department were responsible in October, 1951, showing how these prices compare with the latest convenient date.

I am sending the hon. Member publications and orders relating to commodities which were controlled in price in November, 1951. As he will recognise when he has studied these lists, it would be impracticable to compile comparable lists now that there is a much wider and different variety of grades, brands and types in the shops. The only satisfactory measure of changing food prices is that provided by the interim index.