§ 16. Mr. David Davis
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what factors will affect bread production in the next 12 months.
§ Mr. Curry
The main factors affecting bread production are: raw material prices, mainly grain, which have eased in the past few months; and labour costs, which have recently increased quite significantly, together with energy and other manufacturing costs. However, the price increases announced by the major bakeries are likely to be offset by the effects of discounting and other promotions by retailers.