HC Deb 12 March 1941 vol 369 cc1287-8
57. Mr. Sloan

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that casserole steak is beings old in shops in the West of Scotland at a price of 2s., whilst the makers, Messrs.Hendry Brothers, London, state that the maximum selling price should be 1s. 6d.; and what action he intends taking to prevent such gross profiteering?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (Major Lloyd George)

I understand the "Casserole Steak" referred to is imported from Eire. The price at which this and other imported canned meats should be sold first hand in this country have been agreed with the importers, who have undertaken to bring to the notice of the trade appropriate retail prices. These steps have apparently not been sufficient to ensure that these retail prices are not exceeded, and my Noble Friend is now examining the position further.

Mr. Sloan

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that the firms recently controlled by his Noble Friend, the Minister of Food, are the chief sinners in this respect?

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