HC Deb 24 February 1919 vol 112 cc1395-6W

asked the Food Controller whether, in the interests of the poor consumer and to alleviate labour unrest, he will press the Treasury to permit food-stuffs purchased by the Government during the War at a high price to be now sold at a price corresponding more nearly to that before the War, the loss to be borne by the State as part of the general cost of the War, rather than seek to maintain war prices in order to recoup the Exchequer?


The hon. Member is under a misapprehension. His Majesty's Treasury do not propose that the war prices of foodstuffs shall be maintained in order to recoup the Exchequer. The cost of stocks acquired under war conditions will not be allowed to stand in the way of reductions of prices.

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