Oral Answers to Questions — Algerian Wine (Price)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th June 1949.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington 12:00 am, 29th June 1949

asked the Minister of Food how much Algerian wine he bought; at what price; how much has been sold; and at what price.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

I can add nothing to the answer given on 21st March to Questions put down by the hon. Member and by the hon. Member for Devizes (Mr. Hollis). The Ministry's selling price of Algerian wine is now approximately 7s.6d. per gallon in bond, including wood.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington

Is it not a fact that this Algerian wine has gone sour and is unpalatable, like the Government?

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

We have been informed that the wine has improved, like the Government.

Photo of Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite , Holderness

In view of that reply, can the right hon. Lady indicate to the House what percentage of the wine is now being consumed?

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

I could not give that figure.