Does the right hon. and gallant Gentleman appreciate that grocers are rather concerned about this and would like to know some time ahead what the Ministry's price is likely to be? Do I understand that the Minister envisages the possibility of making a profit on the sale of butter?
I hope that the grocers read their newspapers more carefully than the hon. Gentleman does. If they do, they ought to know now what the suggested price is. As to whether or not we shall make a profit, we cannot say that until we see how the market price goes, and that will only be after 8th May. We shall then see whether the price goes up or down.
Does my right hon. and gallant Friend recall the prognosis of the hon. Member for Sunderland, North (Mr. Willey) about the 1s. egg? Will he do nothing to interfere in any way with the normal processes of supply and demand, which will assuredly fix the proper price of butter in the future?
I said that it would be the ruling market price of the day. I have already given my opinion as to what it will be, and I am surprised that hon. Gentlemen opposite have not seen it.