Does that mean that Parliament will not have a chance to discuss this matter? It means that the cost of living will be increased by a direct rise in prices, whereas we were promised by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that the cost of living would not increase and that it would be governed by Parliament.
Are we to understand it is finally settled that the increase is to be imposed in this way, and that the question of a subsidy cannot now be raised? Is that finally disposed of?
I think the hon. Member can take it that authorisation has been given for the payment of this increase in order to meet extra costs in the industry. I will convey to my right hon. Friend the suggestion my hon. Friend has made.