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Bread Prices

Volume 163: debated on Monday 4 December 1989

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what information he has on (a) the increases in bread prices in each of the last three years and (b) the price of wheat, in real, actual and percentage terms for each of the last three years.

The information requested is set out in the following table. The 1989 figures are based on information for the first 10 months and are not strictly comparable with those of earlier years.

Actual price of standard white wrapped and sliced loaf (800 g)Weighted average price of United Kingdom wheat at point of sale1
Actual pricesConstant 1988 price2Actual pricesConstant 1988 price2
Pence per loafPercentage changePence per loafPercentage change£ per tonnePercentage change£ per tonnePercentage change
198643·0+ 7·048·1+ 3·4118·18-1·0124·30-4·3
198743·7+ 1·646·6-3·1111·00-0·2118·33-4·8
198846·3+ 5·946·3-0·6105·14-5·3105·14-11·1
3198948·8+ 5·645·8-1·3104·08-1·097·59-7·2
Source: Bread prices: Employment Gazette.
Wheat prices: Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
1 The wheat prices quoted are net of co-responsibility levies.
2 Using the GDP deflator (at market prices).
3 Simple averages, January to October. Percentage change is compa of the GDP deflator for the first three-quarters of 1989.