HC Deb 29 January 1941 vol 368 cc561-2
54. Mr. Higgs

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade, as representing the Ministry of Food, whether he is aware that the wholesale prices of ducks, fowls, haddock, whitings, etc., are 40 to 60 per cent. higher in Birmingham than London, and will he investigate the matter in order to bring the latter prices more into line with the former?

Major Lloyd George

As regards ducks and fowls, the Maximum Price Order which came into operation as from Monday last, 27th January, will remedy the position to which my hon. Friend refers. As regards haddock, whiting, etc., the possibility of devising some suitable form of price control is under consideration.

Mr. Higgs

Is my hon. and gallant Friend aware that the price of hares is 100 per cent. more in Birmingham than in London?

Major Lloyd George

Inquiries are being made, and I will communicate with my hon. Friend.

Mr. Garro Jones

Is the Minister aware that, while prosecution is a valuable weapon to maintain wholesale prices on a proper level, publicity is a valuable weapon with which to retain retail prices at a proper level; and, as little use is being made of the publicity value, will he make greater use of the wireless in this matter?