§ Sir W. Smithers
asked the Minister of Food if he will now extend the principle of 4d. per lb. increase in the price of tea and a corresponding cut in subsidy to all articles of food, in order to enable the individual to spend his money as he wishes.
§ Mr. Webb
With the exceptions of bread, flour and milk, the quantities of subsidised foods available for purchase are regulated by rationing in order to ensure fair distribution. A change in the retail price of a particular rationed commodity does not imply any change in the range of rationed commodities which an individual is free to buy.