Mr. De la Bère
asked the Minister of Food whether in connection with the supplies of tinplate for the canning industry and with special reference to the need of the canners to deal with the plum crop in Worcestershire and other plum growing areas steps will immediately be taken to 287W ensure adequate provision of supplies of tinplate.
§ Mr. Webb
The total amount of tinplate available for canning will be slightly greater in the third quarter of this year than in the corresponding period last year; but after providing for Service contracts and dollar exports slightly less will be available for the home market. While this may not be sufficient to pack all
AVERAGE PRICES PAID FOR CERTAIN HOME PRODUCED AND IMPORTED FOODS Commodity Home-produced supplies Imported Supplies Remarks Beef … £165 per ton ex slaughterhouse Frozen fore and hindquarters— Prices paid for 3 months ended 30th June, 1951. £125.8 per ton c.i.f. Boned and boneless— £103.4 per ton c.i.f. „ „ Lamb and Mutton … £192.5 per ton ex slaughterhouse £124.8 per ton c.i.f. „ „ Bacon … £360 per ton ex factory £238.67 per ton c.i.f. „ „ Shell Eggs … £6.41 per box of 360 ex packing station £3.875 per box of 360 c.i.f. Prices for 12 months ended 31st March, 1951. Wheat … £28 per ton ex farm £30.086 per ton c.i.f. Prices for 12 months ended 30th June, 1951. Sugar … £35.3 per ton ex factory £32.8 per ton c.i.f. Prices for 12 months ended 31st March, 1951. The price of home-produced raw sugar is fixed by reference to the average cost of imports for a full year (less Empire preference, plus the difference between the Excise duty on home produced and the Customs duty on imported sugar). Note: The prices for the above imported supplies are based on the figures published in the Trade and Navigation Accounts, for the relevant period.