HC Deb 22 February 1954 vol 524 c23
44. Mr. Willey

asked the Minister of Food what factors have caused the increase in the estimate for the bread subsidy from £38,400,000 in his original Estimate to his present Estimate of £45 million.

Major Lloyd George

The increase reflects an increase in baking costs, a decrease in flour prices, a decrease in the estimate of sales of the unsubsidised white loaf and an increase in the rate of subsidy on the first 25 sacks of flour baked weekly into National bread.

Mr. Willey

Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say how the subsidy is likely to be affected by the fall in grain prices and the decontrol of flour?

Major Lloyd George

I could not say, without notice.

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