HC Deb 07 May 1948 vol 450 c163W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Minister of Food what are the products of the British Colonies that are subject to price control regulations by his Department; what are the current fixed prices paid to the producers; and at what intervals and subject to what conditions are such prices made.

Mr. Strachey

The products imported from the British Colonies which are subject to price control regulations by the Ministry of Food are cocoa, coffee, vegetable oils and oilseeds, sugar, tea, fruit and canned fruit, meat and meat products, butter, honey, starch, sago, tapioca, arrowroot, tomatoes, onions and potatoes. I am not prepared to disclose the price at which the Ministry purchases its supplies from different sources. The Ministry normally buys from producers' organisations or from the Governments concerned at varying intervals according to the different commodities and is not responsible for the prices paid by these organisations or Governments to the individual producers or for the conditions to which those prices are subject.