HC Deb 24 February 1931 vol 248 cc1934-5
14. Major NATHAN

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that, though the price of wheat is now below the pre-War level, the price of bread is still considerably higher than the pre-War price; and whether the Food Council is investigating the matter?

21. Mr. MORLEY

asked the President of the Board of Trade what action his Department proposes to take in view of the threatened increase in the price of bread?


asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will take steps to ascertain from the Food Council why the price of bread has been increased to 7d. per quartern loaf?


The price of bread does not depend solely on the price of wheat. Account must be taken, for example, of the costs of milling and baking which are higher than before 1914. The present rise in London follows an increase in the price of flour in accordance with the scale adopted by the London bakers in April last. The price is ½d. per 4 lb. loaf higher than it would have been on the scale previously adopted, which was approved by the Food Council. The Council are investigating the reasonableness of the new scale.