HC Deb 21 February 1940 vol 357 cc1356-7
76. Mr. White

asked the Minister of Food why the appropriate credit charge in respect of flour sold to the Army by controlled millers is as high as 7½ per cent.?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

The basic price of flour under the Flour (Prices) (No. 1) Order, 1939, assumes payment of the price not later than 28 days after delivery. The Flour (Prices) Order requires millers to allow the customary trade discount where payment is made before the expiration of 28 days and to add the customary amount to the price where payment is made by the buyer after 28 days. The charge of 7½ per cent. referred to in the Question represents the charge for six months' credit which is a very abnormal period. I am looking further into the matter.

Mr. White

What insuperable difficulty is there against this matter being dealt with more promptly?

Mr. Morrison

I am looking into it to see whether action can be expedited.

Mr. De la Bère

Is not this another example of the milling combine.

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