HC Deb 07 April 1952 vol 498 cc2269-70
26. Mr. J. R. Bevins

asked the Minister of Food the retail prices of bread, butter, bacon, margarine, cheese and tea at 1st April, 1949, and 1st April, 1951, respectively.

Major Lloyd George

As the reply contains a number of figures, I will with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Bevins

Can my right hon. and gallant Friend confirm that during those two years butter went up by 8d. a lb., bacon by 4d. a lb. and cheese by 4d. a lb., and would he be good enough to tell the House to what extent the retail food price index rose during those two years?

Major Lloyd George

I can tell my hon. Friend that in April, 1949, the retail food price index was 108, and in April, 1951, it was 130.

Miss Burton

Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman give the same figure for April, 1952?

Major Lloyd George

I can tell the hon. Lady that when April, 1952, comes to an end.

Mr. Charles Doughty

Will my right hon. and gallant Friend take steps to re-open as soon as possible the free market in tea in London, as there is one in Colombo and one in Calcutta?

Following is the information:

The retail prices were:

Unit 1st April 1949 1st April 1951
s. d. s. d.
Bread 1¾ lb. loaf
Butter 1 lb. 1 4 2 0
Bacon 1 lb. 2 3 2 7
(average) (average)
Margarine (domestic) 1 lb. 9 10
Cheese 1 lb. 10 1 2
Tea 1 lb. 3 4 3 4
(average) (average)