HC Deb 28 January 1954 vol 522 cc283-4W
Captain Duncan

asked the Minister of Food if he will make a further statement about butter and cheese rations: and what effect on prices the necessary removal of subsidy on de-rationing will have.

Major Lloyd George

The butter ration will be raised by 1 oz. from 21st February to 4 oz. per week. The cheese ration will continue at 3 oz. but from the same date additional supplies will be made available for general sale off the ration. As the removal of subsidy is a necessary preliminary step towards the derationing of these foods on 9th May, of which the House was informed a few days ago, the retail prices will be increased from 21st February—by 4d. per lb. for butter and 2d. per lb. for cheese.