HC Deb 04 December 1950 vol 482 cc1-2
5. Mr. Donald W. Wade

asked the Minister of Food what is the financial saving resulting from the import of tins of sardines without keys; and whether the saving is passed on to the consumer.

Mr. Webb

About 2 per cent. The price of sardines, which is controlled by my Department, is related to total costs over a period and the consumer, therefore, benefits from any saving.

Mr. Wade

Has the right hon. Gentleman tried opening a sardine tin without a key? Is he aware that it is a considerable inconvenience to the consumer not to have an opener? Would it not be practicable to put on the market some tins of sardines with keys and others without keys at a reduced price?

Mr. Webb

We have been prudent in our house. We keep our old keys and find them very useful.

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