White Pepper

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th April 1955.

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Photo of Miss Elaine Burton Miss Elaine Burton , Coventry South 12:00 am, 4th April 1955

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that white pepper imported at 4s. a lb. is sold to the public at 1s. an ounce and, as this represents a profit of 300 per cent., if he will impose price control on this commodity.

Mr. Amory:

I understand that good quality white pepper can be bought at prices ranging from 6d. to 8d. an ounce. I do not propose to reintroduce price control.

Photo of Miss Elaine Burton Miss Elaine Burton , Coventry South

Is the Minister aware that the price of good quality white pepper ranges from 9d. to 1s. 1d., which gives an average price of 11d., and that if the shopkeepers charge 6d. an ounce, that gives them a profit of 50 per cent. on top of processing costs? Is he not therefore prepared to condemn the very high prices charged?

Mr. Amory:

I still stick to the figures I gave, namely, that white pepper is obtainable between 6d. and 8d. an ounce. If the hon. Lady is not satisfied with her supplier, I hope she will exercise her option and change her supplier. May I further add that I think the hon. Lady has forgotten the cost of milling and refining.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Thompson Mr Kenneth Thompson , Liverpool, Walton

Is not the answer to all this trouble about the use of white pepper to shop at the "Co-op"?