HC Deb 20 July 1966 vol 732 cc85-6W
21. Mr. Hamling

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he is satisfied with the movement of retail prices during and after the seamen's strike ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peart

Generally, yes. Apart from early reports of panic buying and some rises in price, food prices remained remarkably stable, due allowance being made for seasonal influences. Indeed, some prices fell after the strike began. I met the leaders of most sectors of the food supplying industry early on in the strike. They promised and gave their co-operation in helping to ensure that the public were not exploited. I am sure the House would wish to join me in thanking all who by their good sense and moderation helped to hold prices down, and this includes housewives who avoided panic buying.