Though there can be as yet no firm estimate of butter consumption during May and June this year the quantity released by the Ministry, which does not include the butter imported by the trade, shows no fall when compared with the same months in 1951.
The Question refers to the months of May and June, the supplementary question to some other months.
§ 34. Mr. Partridge
asked the Minister of Food how the retail price of butter in this country compares with that in other Western European countries.
I will, with permission, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of retail butter prices in some West European countries. It shows that the present price range of 3s. 8d. to 4s. 2d. per lb. in this country compares favourably with prices ruling on the Continent.
§ Mr. Partridge
In anticipation of the receipt of those figures, can the Parliamentary Secretary tell us the price of butter in France, for example?
If the hon. Gentleman will put a Question on the Order Paper I will do my best to satisfy him.
§ Mr. Baldwin
Is my hon. Friend aware that butter is sold cheaper in this country than in any other country in the world? Is it not a fact that the United States, who are sending us butter, have the surplus which enables them to do so only because they are charging their own people at the rate of 5s. 6d. a lb. for it?
§ Mr. Donnelly
Do the supplementary questions which we have heard from the hon. Member for Leominster (Mr. Baldwin) mean that farmers are now asking for more?
§ Following is the information:
|SOME RECENT RETAIL BUTTER PRICE QUOTATIONS|