HC Deb 23 March 1964 vol 692 cc11-2W
53. Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he is aware of the rise in the price of meat since January, 1964; and what action he proposes to take to reduce the price of meat to the consumer.

Mr. Soames

Since January imported beef has become unexpectedly scarce and therefore dear, and there has been some rise in the wholesale price of home-killed beef despite a very high level of supplies. Wholesale prices of pork and of New Zealand lamb have however fallen.

Subject to health conditions our traders can import meat without restriction of quantity from all but the Eastern Area countries. I have asked all our major overseas suppliers to join in consultative arrangements aimed at better matching of supply with demand in future.

Encouragement has been given to home-produced beef supplies at this year's Annual Review by an increase in the guaranteed price.