HC Deb 02 November 1948 vol 457 c59W
116. Mr. Bossom

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that the price in 1939 of linseed oil was £22 per ton when purchased by private enterprise, while it now costs £185 per ton when purchased in bulk by the Government; and if he will explain the reason for this great increase in price.

Dr. Summerskill

The reason is the general increase in world prices of all oils and fats, due to the fall in supplies of both animal and vegetable oils and fats in most parts of the world as a result of the war.