HC Deb 03 November 1919 vol 120 cc1112-3

asked the Food Controller whether he has yet appointed the Departmental Committee to inquire into London markets; and can he give the names of the chairman and members, and state to whom applications should be made by those desirous of giving evidence on the subject?


The appointment of the Departmental Committee to inquire into the working and adequacy of wholesale food markets in London is now practically completed. I hope to issue a full list of members in the course of a day or two, and to summon the first meeting on Friday next. At the request of the Food Controller, I am acting as chairman of the Committee. The terms of reference to the Committee are, briefly, (1) to consider and report whether the existing wholesale markets for food in London are adequate, economical in their working, and efficient in their administration; (2) to consider the influence of wholesale market facilities on food prices; (3) and to report what steps, if any, can usefully, be taken in order to effect an improvement in the wholesale distribution of food by means of public markets; and any person able to assist the Committee should, communicate with the Secretary, Wholesale Food Markets Committee, Ministry of Food, 100, Cromwell Road, S.W. 7.