§ Mr. A. SHORT
asked the Minister of Food whether food prices showed an increase on 1st October, 1919, of 120 per cent over pre-war prices; whether this figure was an increase on September, 1.919; and what action he is taking to prevent this continual rise?
§ Mr. McCURDY
The figure for 1st October last is approximately as stated by the hon. Member. The corresponding figure for 1st September was 116 per cent. The increase in October as compared with September is due largely to seasonal increases in the cost of milk and eggs, and partly to the increased prices of produce in countries front which supplies are obtained. All steps are taken by the Ministry to make supplies available for the consumer at the lowest possible prices, as regards both foodstuffs purchased by the Department and those privately imported. In the latter case the closest supervision is exercised over the trades concerned.