§ 2. Mr. RAMSDEN
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that Australian and New Zealand apples are selling wholesale at a price of from 6s. to 9s. per case of from 38 to 40 pounds net, a price which, according to the Fruit Report of the Imperial Economic Committee, represents a serious loss to the producer, and yet the retail price is about 6d. per pound; and whether he will take any action to prevent retail profiteering?
§ Sir P. CUNLIFFE-LISTER
The Report of the Imperial Economic Committee, to which my hon. Friend alludes, states that it is difficult to make any reasonably accurate estimate of the profit of the fresh fruit retailer in the United Kingdom. I am asking the Food Council to report on this matter when their pending work makes this possible.