HC Deb 06 March 1946 vol 420 c339
64. Mr. W. Shepherd

asked the Minister of Food if he will consider controlling the retail prices of wines, spirits, etc., based upon a maximum price per gill or some other convenient measure.

Dr. Summerskill

In view of the widely differing amenities provided in public houses, hotels, restaurants, etc., and of the very great variety of wines and spirits, my right hon. Friend does not think it practicable to adopt the suggestion made by the hon. Member.

Mr. Shepherd

Does that mean that gross overcharges for wines and spirits are to be permitted in restaurants, whereas small shopkeepers are to be prosecuted for mild infringements of the regulations?

Dr. Summerskill

I think the consumer has the answer in his own hands. The answer is not to drink it.