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Food Prices

Volume 934: debated on Thursday 30 June 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the percentage change in the retail price of each item appearing in "Food Facts No. 4", 27th June 1977, table 1, taking the first quarter of 1975 as base, and giving the percentage change in the first quarter of 1976 and 1977, respectively; and what each of these figures would have been had the 1975 subsidy rates remained unchanged.

Information from the National Food Survey indicates that average retail prices paid by housewives in (a) the first quarter of 1976 and (b) the first quarter of 1977, expressed as percentage changs on such prices in the first quarter of 1975, were as follows:

Percentage change (positive unless otherwise indicated)
Commodity(a)(b)
Liquid milk5590
Other milk1222
Cheese (natural)2047
Butter25100
Margarine-314
Lard and compound cooking fat-113
Eggs934
Preserves617
Sugar-19-17
Beef and veal2345
Mutton and lamb1345
Pork1328
Bacon and ham (uncooked)2428
Bacon and ham (cooked)1527
Poultry and cooked chicken836
Other cooked meat (not canned)1431
Other canned meat628
Offals111
Sausages (uncooked)1732
Meat pies and sausage rolls (ready to eat)1737
All others (not frozen)1942
Fish, fresh and processed1944
Canned fish—215
Fish and fish products, frozen1850
Fresh green vegetables2596
Fresh tomatoes618
Other fresh vegetables1466
Frozen vegetables2744
Canned tomatoes-48
Canned peas1226
Canned beans414
Potatoes256295
Citrus fruit2237
Bananas1021
Apples119
All other fresh fruit2727
Canned fruit830
Dried fruit, nuts and fruit and nut products-635
Flour-419
White bread1034
Brown, wholewheat and wholemeal bread1638
Other bread619
Buns, scones and teacakes425
Cakes and pastries1530
Chocolate biscuits626
Other biscuits720
Breakfast cereals1327
Oatmeal and oat products420
Canned milk puddings1530
Tea1176
Instant coffee20109
Canned soups1227
Pickles and sauces2339

Had the consumer subsidy rates payable over the first quarter of 1975 remained unchanged subsequently, then it is estimated that the percentage changes in retail prices for the subsidised foods might instead have been as follows:

Percentage change (positive unless otherwise indicated)

Commodity

(a)(b)
Liquid milk4663
Cheese (natural)1824
Butter2962
White bread624
Brown, wholewheat and wholemeal bread1329
Flour—419
Tea1157