Meat (Prices)

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 Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton 12:00 am, 4th April 1955

asked the Minister of Food what reply he has received from the meat trade to his letter drawing attention to the disadvantages of averaging out the prices of home-killed and imported meat.

Mr. Amory:

The letter did not call for a reply, but I am glad to say it has received a great deal of publicity and there are indications that many traders are co-operating by adjusting prices.

Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what these indications boil down to? Is it not a fact that the retail price of imported meat has been excessive, and to what extent has the Ministerial letter resulted in any fall in the retail price of imported meat?

Mr. Amory:

The latest information I have is up to 22nd March, and up to that time it showed that there have been falls in the retail price of frozen meat varying between 4d. a 1b. on the better cuts to 1d. a 1b. on the cheaper qualities.