HC Deb 28 March 1946 vol 421 c91W
101. Mr. Nally

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that conditions in the near future will permit expansion in production of certain 'patent medicines, foods and wines for which health-giving properties are claimed; and whether he will take action to ensure that the selling price of such products will bear a close relationship to their real value.

Mr. Belcher:

Medical substances for personal and domestic use, and invalid foods and requisites in relation to such foods, are price regulated goods subject to the Prices of Goods Act, 1939, under which the prices charged may be increased only to the extent of increases in costs for comparable goods since 21st August, 1939. I am not prepared, on the information at present before me, to take special steps to fix maximum prices for the very large number of individual types and classes of these goods. Wines and foods, except to the extent that they fall within the above description, are not price regulated goods under the Prices of Goods Act and are the responsibility of the Ministry of Food.