HC Deb 10 August 1914 vol 65 cc2240-1

asked whether, in fixing the retail prices at which food was to be supplied to the public, any corresponding arrangement was made by which the wholesale price of the supplies was regulated to accord; and, if not, how he proposes to ensure a supply to the retailer at a cost to him which will enable him to distribute to the public without loss in the absence of such an arrangement.


It must be understood that the price list of articles of food was issued by the Advisory Committee of retail traders, who with patriotic spirit have used their utmost endeavours to assist the Government in keeping down the retail prices of foodstuffs to as low a level as the possibility of supply admits. The Cabinet Committee on Food Supplies have also made arrangements with some of the wholesale dealers who, animated by the same spirit, are assisting in providing supplies at reasonable rates.