§ 49. Mr. T. JOHNSTON
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in preparing the business for discussion at the Empire Economic Conference, he will take into consideration 20 the fact that during the past month there has been a continued rise in the price of wheat and flour, causing an advance in some districts of the country on the price of bread; that maize is also advancing in price, which will have an effect upon the cost of milk and beef; that European wheat is estimated at 20,000,000 cwts. less in 1924 than in 1923; and what steps he proposes to take to ensure, through the Empire Economic Committee or otherwise, an adequate supply of food at reasonable prices for the British people?
His Majesty's Government had not contemplated that an Empire Economic Conference would be held this year, and the question of the establishment of an Economic Committee is still under discussion with the Dominion Governments. I am, however, having inquiries made into the facts to which my hon. Friend calls attention.
§ Mr. D. G. SOMERVILLE
Is it not a fact that these very serious increases in the cost of living have taken place since the Labour Government came into power?
I am aware that all manner of attempts are made to exploit the Labour Government. If this be another, I must accept it from my hon. Friend.