HC Deb 07 December 1966 vol 737 cc305-6W
73. Mr. Wolrige-Gordon

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give comparative prices for the following products in the Common Market in this country, namely, beef, mutton, lamb, pork, bacon, milk, bread, butter, cheese and chicken.

Mr. Peart

I must stress that precise comparisons are not possible. Even the price of an apparently simple commodity such as milk varies from country to country according to quality and delivery. However, some information on relative prices is shown in the table below. The U.K. prices are derived from trade and other sources. Mutton, lamb, bacon and chicken prices are not widely quoted on the Continent.

but my Department keeps in close touch with the trade on supplies and prices. We are accordingly aware that the price of imported apples between now and Christmas is likely to be somewhat higher than in the corresponding period in recent years. There is, however, unlikely to be any shortage of home-grown apples at reasonable prices.