HC Deb 19 January 1944 vol 396 cc159-60
30. Mr. Linstead

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that prices such as 3s. 3d. for a bottle of cordial, 1s. 7½d. for a bottle of beer and 3s. 3d. for a tin of steak and kidney pudding, are still being charged in N.A.A.F.I. canteens to members of the R.A.F. with the Middle East forces; and whether he will take action to have the prices reduced.

Sir A. Sinclair

The prices which the hon. Member quotes for cordials and beer are maximum prices, applying only to proprietary brands of the highest quality, and as such are reasonable in comparison with prices in this country. Cordials and beer of good quality are available at substantially lower prices. I understand that a 1-lb. tin of steak and kidney pudding is sold by N.A.A.F.I. canteens in the Middle East for 1s. 5d.