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Potato Crisps

Volume 939: debated on Friday 18 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection whether, in view of the fall in the market price of potatoes, he will ensure that the prices of potato crisps are also reduced.

The Price Commission asked the major manufacturers of potato crisps at the end of July what action they were taking to reduce the price of their products in view of the tall in the market price for potatoes. The manufacturers responded that they were increasing the weight of the contents of packets of crisps as an alternative to reducing the prices. This is an appropriate response to the improvement in raw material prices and I have been glad to note that packet sizes have now been increased.