§ Mrs. Hayman
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection whether she has received the third monthly report from the Price Commission on distributors' margins in the potato trade; and whether she will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
The Third Report of the Price Commission has now been received and I am arranging for copies to be placed in the Library. It finds some evidence that distributors' cash margins rose towards the end of April, mainly at the wholesale level. But the volume of potatoes handled was smaller so that the aggregate cash margin taken by distributors as a whole was probably lower. The Commission is looking at margins on imported potatoes, which will be covered in its next Report.