Oral Answers to Questions — Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 17th November 1942.

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Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

The Tenth Report of the Select Committee on National Expenditure gave the views on N.A.A.F.I. price policy of the Departments concerned. The position to-day is unaltered, and in view of the danger of illicit trading, a danger which has increased considerably at the present time owing to the shortage of certain goods, the prices charged in N.A.A.F.I. canteens for goods which can be taken away, correspond to the prices charged by large retailers, and in many cases the retail price is fixed by the manufacturers and cannot be varied.

The prices of meals and snacks, consumed on the premises, are based on cost plus working expenses. Great care is taken to see that they do not exceed the prices in establishments with a similar class of trade, for example British restaurants; they are, in fact considerably lower than the prices charged in normal tea shops and restaurants. I do not therefore consider that there is any good reason to modify the price policy followed by N.A.A.F.I.

My right hon. Friends the First Lord of the Admiralty and the Secretary of State for Air and I, are satisfied that the N.A.A.F.I. board of management, consisting of four civilians of wide business experience and three Service members, who are in the closest touch with the Services themselves, are conducting the affairs of the business of the Corporation most ably, considering the difficulties to be overcome, and in the best interests of the Services; in fact, I consider that all ranks of the N.A.A.F.I. staff are to be congratulated on the way they are carrying out their duties.