§ 74. Mr. Boyden
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will publish weekly statistics to show the extent to which falls in farm and horticulture prices in times of glut are reflected in shop prices.
§ Mr. Soames
No. Most of the figures required for such statistics are not available and could only be collected at very considerable cost. Furthermore, they would be of doubtful value because it is not generally possible to make direct comparisons between farm and shop prices owing to the costs of processing, transport and handling.