HC Deb 23 May 1957 vol 570 cc1365-6
5. Mr. Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will cause an investigation to be made into the articles, commodities and services which have risen in price since the Suez Canal crisis, with a view to defining the extent to which these prices have been reduced to their pre-Suez crisis level; and whether he will take the necessary action, by the imposition of price control or other wise, to ensure that all of these prices are reduced to the prices pertaining in October, 1956, where it can be shown that these were increased due to the war in Suez.

Mr. Erroll

No, Sir.

Mr. Lewis

Can the hon. Gentleman give any sensible or logical reason why he will not accept the suggestion made in my Question, or some such suggestion, when everybody, irrespective of political opinion, would agree that if these prices went up because of the Suez crisis they ought to be reduced now that the reason for the increase has gone? Is he aware that, although the price of flour has been reduced by 9s. a sack in the last few weeks the price of bread has gone up again? Will not the hon. Gentleman do something on the basis of the suggestion made in the Question?

Mr. Erroll

The hon. Member has pursued this subject on a number of Parliamentary occasions. I think he would help his case best if he were to produce some facts and figures on which he bases his contention.

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