Thursday, 3 March 1960
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. J. Lynch: An increase in the price of bread in May, 1957 followed the removal of the subsidy on flour. Bread prices were freed from control in August, 1957 and I am, therefore, not in a position to give the precise reasons for increases since then but I understand that they were due to increased costs of production. The decrease in the price of bread which took place in November, 1958 was I understand due to the increased use in that year of imported wheat for flour milling.
Mr. O.J. Flanagan: Is the Minister aware that the 2-lb. loaf has been increased by 5½d. since March, 1957? Could he tell the House what steps are being taken by his Department to see that there will be no further increase in the price of bread, having regard to the fact that bread is one of the main foods of our people?
Mr. O.J. Flanagan: May I inquire why the Government have failed in their duty to keep down the price of bread? Surely a reply to that question ought to be forthcoming. May I seek your permission to raise the matter on the Adjournment, Sir?
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