§ Lieut.-Colonel CROFT
asked the Minister of Food what is the price of the 4-lb. loaf in Burnley, Blackburn, Blackpool, Clitheroe, Southport, Alnwick, and Elgin, North Britain?
§ Sir W. MITCHELL-THOMSON
The price of the 4-lb. loaf in all these towns is 1s. 6d. The Food Controller has already directed that local costings investigations should be made into the price of bread in certain areas, and these investigations are proceeding as rapidly as is possible with the present reduced numbers of staff. It should be borne in mind that the price of bread has at all times varied throughout the country, and I may say that in some, at least, of the localities named by the hon. and gallant Member the recent increase in price is not incommensurate with the general increase throughout the country consequent upon the reduction of the subsidy.