§ Mr. Biffen
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the percentage increase in fat cattle prices at the latest available date compared with 591W the corresponding date one year ago; and what are the corresponding percentage differences in the retail prices of beef.
§ Mrs. Fenner
The average auction market price of clean cattle was £18.22 per live cwt. during September 1973 and was £18.16 in the week ending 16th October. The September average was an increase of 24 per cent, over September 1972. The increase in price of various retail cuts of home-killed beef between mid-September 1972 and 1973 has been as follows: —
per cent. Chuck 28 Sirloin (without bone) 24 Silverside (without bone) (i) 23 Back rigs (with bone) (i) 27 Fore ribs (with bone) 26 Brisket (with bone) 34 Rump (i) 17 (i) or Scottish equivalent.