HC Deb 24 July 1940 vol 363 cc810-1
61. Mr. Mathers

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether any solatium has been given or any apology tendered to the manager of Peebles Co-operative Society for the court proceedings taken against him through the action of his Department in compelling him to accept an average of 308 lbs. of fresh pork weekly instead of the 56 lbs. for which he indented, and prosecuting him when he pickled and sold the excess without coupons to prevent waste?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (Mr. Boothby)

No, Sir; no trader is compelled to accept more than his indent, and no such requirement, according to my information, was made on the Peebles Co-operative Society. I am, however, making further inquiries, and I will communicate with my hon. Friend.

Mr. Mathers

Is the Minister not aware that this society were told that unless they took this excess quantity of pork their requirements of other meat would not be supplied? Will he go into the matter with me personally?

Mr. Boothby

Yes, I shall be very pleased to do that.

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