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Volume 932: debated on Wednesday 18 May 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food which foods have declined in consumption in the United Kingdom as the result of price rises.

Figures of domestic food purchases, obtained from the National Food Survey, are published in "Food Facts" each quarter. It will be appreciated that consumption varies for a number of reasons and, although there are other factors involved, price is clearly a most important factor affecting consumption levels.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what will be the estimated fall in consumption of liquid milk as the result of recently announced price rises for the next 12 months.

The consumption effect will depend on the timing of the price increase later in the year, which has yet to be announced.