§ 35. Mr. David Price
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what is his estimate of the effect on food prices, over the next year, of the drought; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Hattersley
At this stage it is too early to assess the precise effects of the drought on food supplies and prices. Some foodstuffs will, of course, not be affected, but the overall effect on the food index will, for some months, be considerable.