The hon. Lady has not given the figures for fresh birds, and they represent an increase of a quarter to a third on prices since last year alone. Does not she realise that the time has come to introduce subsidies on foods, especially on Christmas foods such as this?—otherwise half the families in the country will end up having to have gruel for Christmas instead of their usual Christmas dinners.
The Price Commission expects that fresh birds will be about 45p or 50p a lb. this year. Yesterday the poultry traders said that prices are likely to be a bit below that. Supplies this year have increased by 500,000 turkeys. That gives a clear indication that they expect to sell more.
Does not the hon. Lady think that from the point of view of the average housewife and her family this will be the worst Christmas that they have ever experienced? In view of the fact that the Government's measures have so far turned out to be totally ineffective, will the Government either produce effective measures to control inflation or resign?