HC Deb 08 July 1963 vol 680 c110W
73. Mr. Milne

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is aware of the further rise in sugar prices on 4th July and the recent price fluctuations; and what further action he is taking to protect the consumer from such fluctuations.

Mr. Scott-Hopkins

The ex-refinery price of granulated sugar on 3rd July was 44s. 7½d. per cwt., the lowest price since the end of war-time controls. On 4th July it was 45s. 9d. These low prices in recent weeks have compensated consumers for the high prices in May. As a result of the reduction in distribution payments on 5th July we are now back to a more normal level, similar to that from October last to March this year.