Danish Pork (Cost)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th December 1953.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington 12:00 am, 14th December 1953

asked the Minister of Food the cost, per ton, delivered in Britain of the 950 tons of pork recently purchased from Denmark

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

It would be contrary to normal practice to disclose the prices paid to individual overseas suppliers.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington

Is not that answer typical of State trading? When will the Minister realise that the cost of living cannot be substantially reduced until he stops bulk purchase and hands over the buying of meat abroad to experienced traders, who can buy in the cheapest markets? Will he stop bulk purchase at once?

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

My hon. Friend will realise that it cannot be stopped at once. But he will also realise that it is our policy to do that.