Oral Answers to Questions — Bread (Prices).

– in the House of Commons at on 11 March 1924.

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Photo of Mr William Robinson Mr William Robinson , Stoke-on-Trent Burslem

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will inquire into the causes under which the price of bread has recently been increased, making it 100 per cent. over pre-War level?

Mr. WEBB:

The most usual price of bread in London during the first half of 1914 was 5½d. per 4 lbs., and the prices prevailing at the present time in London are 8d. and 8½d. per 4 lbs. The advance in price in London is, accordingly, 45 to 55 per cent., not 100 per cent. The information given in the recently issued Report on Cereals, Flour and Bread of the Departmental Committee on Distribution and Prices of Agricultural Produce appears to render it unnecessary to institute any further official inquiry at present.

Photo of Mr James Hope Mr James Hope , Sheffield Central

Has not one of the main causes been the fall in the dollar value of the £ since the Election?

Mr. WEBB:

I am not quite sure whether the fluctuations of the dollar value of the £ are accurately reflected in the retail price of bread.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that though wheat is grown under the noses of the Americans, the price is double that in England?