HC Deb 11 October 1976 vol 917 c3W
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.