Meat Prices

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th July 1954.

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Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Dartford 12:00 am, 12th July 1954

Would the hon. Gentleman be surprised to know that this morning I was in discussion with knowledgeable people in the meat trade who said that there will be no hope of a return to the same prices as obtained under control prices except in the case of offal and scrag ends of meat? Does that mean that the cheaper cuts are the types which are to be available for the mass of the people, and, if so, will the Parliamentary Secretary explain how his Government came into power on promises to reduce the cost of living and not to see it increased?