HC Deb 08 January 1942 vol 377 cc44-5W
Mr. Ammon

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that contracts made with firms in 1940 for the supply to industrial canteens of baking powders, jellies and similar articles are bound by prices fixed in December, 1940; that the price to the manufacturers of the necessary ingredients, such as acid calcium and citric acid, has increased threefold; and will he consider either that the contracts be renewed or the wholesale prices of ingredients be fixed nearer the 1940 price?

Major Lloyd George

My hon. Friend is presumably referring to the effect of the Food (Current Prices) Order, 1941, upon the prices of certain commodities. Nearly all of them, however, have since been removed, by licensing or otherwise, from the scope of the Order, and I am not aware of any cases in which difficulties of the kind mentioned by my hon. Friend are arising in respect of current contracts. If, however, my hon. Friend will furnish me with information in regard to particular instances, I will look further into the matter.