HC Deb 14 July 1952 vol 503 cc1792-3
22. Mr. F. Willey

asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the halving of freight rates, he will now reduce the price of sugar sold to manufacturers.

Major Lloyd George

Freight rates have fluctuated widely in the past 12 months, and it is not practicable to adjust prices to reflect every change in these rates as it occurs.

Mr. Willey

But if, over a reasonable period, freight rates remain where they are, will the Minister then review the question of the price of sugar to manufacturers?

Major Lloyd George

As the hon. Gentleman knows, we look at this question over the whole 12 months. It is not possible to change prices with each fluctuation of rates. We shall watch the position over the year, and if possible try to reduce prices.