HC Deb 19 June 1973 vol 858 cc65-6W
22. Mr. Concannon

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list in the OFFICIAL REPORT the price increases since 16th April 1973 in the canteens of the hospitals covered by the Mansfield group of hospitals; and if he will givethe reasons for these increases.

Mr. Alison

Yes. In the Mansfield group hospitals prices for snacks were increased on 16th April 1973 for the first time for seven years. Prices for main meals are subject to annual review and are nationally negotiated. New prices for main meals were not introduced until 11th June. In both cases the prices take account of value added tax.

Following is the information:

Snack price increases since 16th April 1973 in hospital canteens—Mansfield Hospital Management Committee:

Scones + ½p Revised charge 2½p
Toast and Butter + ½p Revised charge 2½p
Toast and Butter and Marmalade + ½p Revised charge 3½p
Tea Cakes + ½p Revised charge 3½p
Salad Sandwich + ½p Revised charge 3½p
Cheese Sandwich +1p Revised charge 4p
Egg Sandwich +1P Revised charge 4p
Sausage Sandwich +1p Revised charge 4½p
Salmon Sandwich +1p Revised charge 5p
Bacon Sandwich +1½p Revised charge 5p
Meat Sandwich +1½p Revised charge 5p
Tea No change
Coffee No change

Main meal price increases introduced on 11th June 1973:

Light Breakfast + ½p Revised charge 5½p
Cooked Breakfast + ½P Revised charge 6½p
Lunch + 1½p Revised charge 20p
Tea + ½P Revised charge 5p
Evening Snack +1p Revised charge 9½p

A charge of 1½p for tea and 2½p for coffee was introduced for beverages accompanying a main meal, formerly included in the charge.