Meat Prices (Consultations)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North 12:00 am, 7th July 1952

asked the Minister of Food why there were no consultations with representatives of the meat traders about the new schedules of retail meat prices.

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Newcastle upon Tyne North

The hon. Member is under a misapprehension. My officers consulted precisely the same representative traders as they did when the meat prices were altered in July last year.

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

Does the right hon. and gallant Gentleman appreciate that this time the meat traders asked that they should be officially consulted at the earliest possible stage in the negotiations and that they now complain that this was not done; and, further, that they complain that the schedules were issued to the Press before they were given to the federation?

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Newcastle upon Tyne North

I can add nothing further to my answer. They were consulted.

Photo of Mr Charles Royle Mr Charles Royle , Salford West

Is the Minister aware that there have been many criticisms from trade leaders about the consequences of these rises in price? Would it not be a good idea if the traders were always consulted fully before rises took place?

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Newcastle upon Tyne North

There has been no departure from the practice of past years. I have just said that the same people were consulted, precisely as before.

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

Does the right hon. and gallant Gentleman realise that this time the butchers are saying that the Minister is quite out of touch with what is happening in the butchers' shops, and that this is a new circumstance?