HC Deb 06 March 1940 vol 358 c385
63. Mr. Woodburn

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that institutions formerly able to purchase foodstuffs at cheap rates are no longer able to do so owing to the controlled prices; and whether, as this is likely to prevent the proper working of such services, he will take steps to arrange for public and charitable institutions receiving the advantages formerly available?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

I am not aware that the facts are as stated by the hon. Member. The Orders relative to retail prices which have been made by my Department prescribe maximum prices only, and traders are free to sell below them. If the hon. Member knows of any specific complaint, I shall be glad if he will send me particulars.

Mr. Woodburn

Is not the Minister aware that these institutions, mental hospitals and so on, are being asked to pay an increase of from 50 per cent. to 110 per cent. on the existing contract meat prices? I will send him information on the matter.

Mr. Morrison

I shall be glad to receive that information.

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