§ Mr. G. LOCKER-LAMPSON
asked the Food Controller whether he is aware of the hardship entailed upon the general public owing to the present conditions regulating the retail sale of dried fruits; and that under existing circumstances the retailer has to pay a higher price for these articles wholesale than lie is allowed to charge his customers; and what steps the Government propose to take to remove this Regulation?
§ Mr. McCURDY
The Dried Fruits (Retail Prices) Order, 1918, has been revised so as to fix maximum retail prices for the 1919 crop of dried fruits. The new schedule of prices which has appeared in the Press came into force on 24th October. Orders have also been issued fixing maximum wholesale prices which provide a sufficient margin of profit for the retailer. In these circumstances, no difficulty in connection with supplies of dried fruits is to be anticipated.