§ 28. Mr. T. WILLIAMS
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will state the price of imported flour for the middle of June, 1931, and the comparable figure for June, 1935?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
The only countries from which flour was imported in considerable quantities both in 1931 and during the first five months of 1935, were Canada, Australia and France. The price per sack of 280 lbs. of Canadian Spring Patent flour at the middle of June, 1931, was 22s. to 24s. 6d., and at the middle of June, 1935, 25s. to 28s.; the prices at the corresponding dates of Australian flour were 19s. 6d. to 20s. 6d., and 21s. 6d. to 22s. 6d. Comparable quotations for French flour are not available. The quotations for June, 1935, are exclusive of the quota payment of 4s. 6d. per sack.
§ 33. Mr. T. WILLIAMS
asked the Minster of Labour whether he can state what was the retail price of English beef for the last week in May, 1934 and 1935, taking first and second quality in each case?
§ The MINISTER of LABOUR (Mr. Ernest Brown)
The information in my possession is insufficient to enable me to give separate figures as to the prices of English beef, of first and second quality, respectively, but the average retail prices, in the United Kingdom, of those cuts of British beef for which particulars are obtained for the purpose of the official index number relating to changes in the cost of living of working class families were as shown below:
1st June, 1934. 1st June, 1935. Ribs (per lb.) 1s.2d. 1s.1½d. Thin Flank (per lb.) 7½d. 7½d.
§ Mr. WILLIAMS
How is it that all these figures are in the right hon. Gentleman's possession and not in the possession of the Food Council?
§ Mr. WILLIAMS
Why are not the Board of Trade, to whom the question was originally put, in possession of all these facts? Cannot they obtain them from the right hon. Gentleman?