Tinned Sardines (Openers)

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th December 1950.

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Photo of Mr Donald Wade Mr Donald Wade , Huddersfield West 12:00 am, 4th December 1950

asked the Minister of Food what is the financial saving resulting from the import of tins of sardines without keys; and whether the saving is passed on to the consumer.

Photo of Mr Maurice Webb Mr Maurice Webb , Bradford Central

About 2 per cent. The price of sardines, which is controlled by my Department, is related to total costs over a period and the consumer, therefore, benefits from any saving.

Photo of Mr Donald Wade Mr Donald Wade , Huddersfield West

Has the right hon. Gentleman tried opening a sardine tin without a key? Is he aware that it is a considerable inconvenience to the consumer not to have an opener? Would it not be practicable to put on the market some tins of sardines with keys and others without keys at a reduced price?

Photo of Mr Maurice Webb Mr Maurice Webb , Bradford Central

We have been prudent in our house. We keep our old keys and find them very useful.