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?
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.