§ 22. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter
asked the Minister of Labour for what purpose officials of his Department call at retail shops to inquire into the prices of articles whose prices are fixed by the Ministry of Food.
§ Mr. Isaacs
The inquiries are made for the purpose of compiling the index of retail prices, which is based on prices actually charged. The Ministry of Food orders specify maximum prices, and it is found that such prices are not invariably charged. Inquiries are, however, dispensed with for a number of foodstuffs for which the price is known to be uniform over the whole of the country.
§ Mr. Boyd-Carpenter
Can the right hon. Gentleman say how many men and women are employed on this important task?