No opposition to Southampton Itchen MP John Denham’s plans for a supermarket Bill

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A SOUTHAMPTON MP’s bid to curb misleading supermarket special offers has cleared its first hurdle.

John Denham is trying to change the law to force supermarkets to publish detailed information about their prices.

This would allow consumers to use smartphone apps to decide on the cheapest shop.

The Labour MP for Southampton Itchen presented his Bill to MPs at Westminster yesterday.

He said the move would “drive sharp practice and misleading pricing out of the marketplace”.

The tactics used by supermarkets include temporarily raising prices of a product only to “reduce” them back to the original price, and pricing fruit and vegetables in different ways, making it difficult to compare the costs.

Mr Denham told MPs: “None of the information I want shoppers to have is secret, it’s all publicly available.

“The problem is to get our hands on it we would need an army of volunteers to go into every store, every day, to check on the prices of products.”

The Supermarket Pricing Information Bill was not opposed by other MPs, but it is unlikely to make further progress due to a lack of parliamentary time.

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8:22am Wed 16 Jan 13

Outside of the Box says...

If I were him, I'd be more worried about what goes into the food than the price fixing,,,,,horse meat in Tesco burgers,,,,I know Every little Helps,,,but that's the sort of help I don't need or want thank you very much Mr Tesco
If I were him, I'd be more worried about what goes into the food than the price fixing,,,,,horse meat in Tesco burgers,,,,I know Every little Helps,,,but that's the sort of help I don't need or want thank you very much Mr Tesco Outside of the Box
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8:38am Wed 16 Jan 13

hulla baloo says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
If I were him, I'd be more worried about what goes into the food than the price fixing,,,,,horse meat in Tesco burgers,,,,I know Every little Helps,,,but that's the sort of help I don't need or want thank you very much Mr Tesco
Cant blame Tesco for that one. They are not a meat processor nor a packer. It would appear to me that their supplier has added the horse meat as a cheaper substitute. Maybe because of Tesco aggressive policy of screwing the suppliers into accepting less money.
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: If I were him, I'd be more worried about what goes into the food than the price fixing,,,,,horse meat in Tesco burgers,,,,I know Every little Helps,,,but that's the sort of help I don't need or want thank you very much Mr Tesco[/p][/quote]Cant blame Tesco for that one. They are not a meat processor nor a packer. It would appear to me that their supplier has added the horse meat as a cheaper substitute. Maybe because of Tesco aggressive policy of screwing the suppliers into accepting less money. hulla baloo
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8:47am Wed 16 Jan 13

jazzi says...

Why is this guy wasting his time doing this ???
Surely Trading Standards are qualified to sort Tescos out.
Why is this guy wasting his time doing this ??? Surely Trading Standards are qualified to sort Tescos out. jazzi
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8:52am Wed 16 Jan 13

Outside of the Box says...

hulla baloo wrote:
Outside of the Box wrote:
If I were him, I'd be more worried about what goes into the food than the price fixing,,,,,horse meat in Tesco burgers,,,,I know Every little Helps,,,but that's the sort of help I don't need or want thank you very much Mr Tesco
Cant blame Tesco for that one. They are not a meat processor nor a packer. It would appear to me that their supplier has added the horse meat as a cheaper substitute. Maybe because of Tesco aggressive policy of screwing the suppliers into accepting less money.
A bit of light hearted fun, of course it's not Tesco fault however I do agree about them screwing suppliers for cheaper food and yes maybe that might have something to do with it,,,,

I've just checked my Tesco burgers in the freezer,,,,and they're off
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: If I were him, I'd be more worried about what goes into the food than the price fixing,,,,,horse meat in Tesco burgers,,,,I know Every little Helps,,,but that's the sort of help I don't need or want thank you very much Mr Tesco[/p][/quote]Cant blame Tesco for that one. They are not a meat processor nor a packer. It would appear to me that their supplier has added the horse meat as a cheaper substitute. Maybe because of Tesco aggressive policy of screwing the suppliers into accepting less money.[/p][/quote]A bit of light hearted fun, of course it's not Tesco fault however I do agree about them screwing suppliers for cheaper food and yes maybe that might have something to do with it,,,, I've just checked my Tesco burgers in the freezer,,,,and they're off Outside of the Box
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9:43am Wed 16 Jan 13

Linesman says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
hulla baloo wrote:
Outside of the Box wrote:
If I were him, I'd be more worried about what goes into the food than the price fixing,,,,,horse meat in Tesco burgers,,,,I know Every little Helps,,,but that's the sort of help I don't need or want thank you very much Mr Tesco
Cant blame Tesco for that one. They are not a meat processor nor a packer. It would appear to me that their supplier has added the horse meat as a cheaper substitute. Maybe because of Tesco aggressive policy of screwing the suppliers into accepting less money.
A bit of light hearted fun, of course it's not Tesco fault however I do agree about them screwing suppliers for cheaper food and yes maybe that might have something to do with it,,,,

I've just checked my Tesco burgers in the freezer,,,,and they're off
If you eat them, they may give you the trots.
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: If I were him, I'd be more worried about what goes into the food than the price fixing,,,,,horse meat in Tesco burgers,,,,I know Every little Helps,,,but that's the sort of help I don't need or want thank you very much Mr Tesco[/p][/quote]Cant blame Tesco for that one. They are not a meat processor nor a packer. It would appear to me that their supplier has added the horse meat as a cheaper substitute. Maybe because of Tesco aggressive policy of screwing the suppliers into accepting less money.[/p][/quote]A bit of light hearted fun, of course it's not Tesco fault however I do agree about them screwing suppliers for cheaper food and yes maybe that might have something to do with it,,,, I've just checked my Tesco burgers in the freezer,,,,and they're off[/p][/quote]If you eat them, they may give you the trots. Linesman
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9:48am Wed 16 Jan 13

Linesman says...

jazzi wrote:
Why is this guy wasting his time doing this ???
Surely Trading Standards are qualified to sort Tescos out.
Probably because he did not want customers ripped off, which is, I guess, why there was no opposition from any MPs or any party.

Also, I am certain the John Denham did not mention Tesco by name, nor was his motion addressed just at them.

The question now has to be asked, why did YOU waste your time by sending such a ridiculous post?
[quote][p][bold]jazzi[/bold] wrote: Why is this guy wasting his time doing this ??? Surely Trading Standards are qualified to sort Tescos out.[/p][/quote]Probably because he did not want customers ripped off, which is, I guess, why there was no opposition from any MPs or any party. Also, I am certain the John Denham did not mention Tesco by name, nor was his motion addressed just at them. The question now has to be asked, why did YOU waste your time by sending such a ridiculous post? Linesman
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9:59am Wed 16 Jan 13

freefinker says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
If I were him, I'd be more worried about what goes into the food than the price fixing,,,,,horse meat in Tesco burgers,,,,I know Every little Helps,,,but that's the sort of help I don't need or want thank you very much Mr Tesco
What's your problem?
If you are prepared to eat cattle then why not horses?
OK, there is misleading labelling, but it's still dead animal all the same.
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: If I were him, I'd be more worried about what goes into the food than the price fixing,,,,,horse meat in Tesco burgers,,,,I know Every little Helps,,,but that's the sort of help I don't need or want thank you very much Mr Tesco[/p][/quote]What's your problem? If you are prepared to eat cattle then why not horses? OK, there is misleading labelling, but it's still dead animal all the same. freefinker
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10:38am Wed 16 Jan 13

tootle says...

Keep your wits about you and you won't have a problem. Supermarkets have been doing this for years. My children always check and compare prices, then buy what they want/can afford or have room for.

Be better if he brought in a bill preventing supermarkets putting what you want on the top shelf out of reach of anybody who isn't 2metres tall or has a step ladder!. The pricing i can cope with, climbing to the top shelf safely is getting beyond me.
Keep your wits about you and you won't have a problem. Supermarkets have been doing this for years. My children always check and compare prices, then buy what they want/can afford or have room for. Be better if he brought in a bill preventing supermarkets putting what you want on the top shelf out of reach of anybody who isn't 2metres tall or has a step ladder!. The pricing i can cope with, climbing to the top shelf safely is getting beyond me. tootle
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11:00am Wed 16 Jan 13

Linesman says...

tootle wrote:
Keep your wits about you and you won't have a problem. Supermarkets have been doing this for years. My children always check and compare prices, then buy what they want/can afford or have room for.

Be better if he brought in a bill preventing supermarkets putting what you want on the top shelf out of reach of anybody who isn't 2metres tall or has a step ladder!. The pricing i can cope with, climbing to the top shelf safely is getting beyond me.
It is not a sign of defeat to ask someone to help you.

I assume that if there were an elderly person, who was not very nimble, who had difficulty picking ups something from the bottom shelf, you would offer to help.

Swings and roundabouts.
[quote][p][bold]tootle[/bold] wrote: Keep your wits about you and you won't have a problem. Supermarkets have been doing this for years. My children always check and compare prices, then buy what they want/can afford or have room for. Be better if he brought in a bill preventing supermarkets putting what you want on the top shelf out of reach of anybody who isn't 2metres tall or has a step ladder!. The pricing i can cope with, climbing to the top shelf safely is getting beyond me.[/p][/quote]It is not a sign of defeat to ask someone to help you. I assume that if there were an elderly person, who was not very nimble, who had difficulty picking ups something from the bottom shelf, you would offer to help. Swings and roundabouts. Linesman
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12:49pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Outside of the Box says...

freefinker wrote:
Outside of the Box wrote:
If I were him, I'd be more worried about what goes into the food than the price fixing,,,,,horse meat in Tesco burgers,,,,I know Every little Helps,,,but that's the sort of help I don't need or want thank you very much Mr Tesco
What's your problem?
If you are prepared to eat cattle then why not horses?
OK, there is misleading labelling, but it's still dead animal all the same.
WTF are you on about?

Who said I was prepared to eat form of meat.

Run along meathead
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: If I were him, I'd be more worried about what goes into the food than the price fixing,,,,,horse meat in Tesco burgers,,,,I know Every little Helps,,,but that's the sort of help I don't need or want thank you very much Mr Tesco[/p][/quote]What's your problem? If you are prepared to eat cattle then why not horses? OK, there is misleading labelling, but it's still dead animal all the same.[/p][/quote]WTF are you on about? Who said I was prepared to eat form of meat. Run along meathead Outside of the Box
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5:58pm Wed 16 Jan 13

freefinker says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
freefinker wrote:
Outside of the Box wrote:
If I were him, I'd be more worried about what goes into the food than the price fixing,,,,,horse meat in Tesco burgers,,,,I know Every little Helps,,,but that's the sort of help I don't need or want thank you very much Mr Tesco
What's your problem?
If you are prepared to eat cattle then why not horses?
OK, there is misleading labelling, but it's still dead animal all the same.
WTF are you on about?

Who said I was prepared to eat form of meat.

Run along meathead
.. oh, seems we have BOTH made the same wrong assumption about each others diet.
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: If I were him, I'd be more worried about what goes into the food than the price fixing,,,,,horse meat in Tesco burgers,,,,I know Every little Helps,,,but that's the sort of help I don't need or want thank you very much Mr Tesco[/p][/quote]What's your problem? If you are prepared to eat cattle then why not horses? OK, there is misleading labelling, but it's still dead animal all the same.[/p][/quote]WTF are you on about? Who said I was prepared to eat form of meat. Run along meathead[/p][/quote].. oh, seems we have BOTH made the same wrong assumption about each others diet. freefinker
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