National Food Survey (Report)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Victor Collins Mr Victor Collins , Shoreditch and Finsbury 12:00 am, 2nd December 1957

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when the next Annual Report of the National Food Survey Committee will be published.

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

In May next, to cover the year 1956. In the meantime, the principal statistical information up to and including the second quarter of 1957 will have appeared in the Government publication Economic Trends.

Photo of Mr Victor Collins Mr Victor Collins , Shoreditch and Finsbury

Is the Minister aware that the last published Survey puts the weekly expenditure on meat of all kinds at 7s. a person? Would he say whether he accepts that estimate of 28s. for a family of four, or does he prefer the estimate of 10s. per week for a family given by his wife in a newspaper article? If he accepts the official estimate, would he not exercise such influence as he possesses to prevent the publication of these absurd statements, which very much annoy housewives?

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

I am not responsible for any highly-coloured statements that may occur in the popular Press.