§ 61. Mr. Maclean
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he will have an investigation made into the practice of fruit importers in Glasgow determining which firms with retail shops shall be classified as wholesale merchants; and whether he is aware that this practice enables multiple shop companies to purchase at wholesale price and sell direct from their shops to the consumer at the controlled price, thus making a double profit and defeating one of the objects of control in fruits and vegetables?
Major Lloyd George
The aim of the Ministry is to distribute imported supplies through the usual channels of trade. If my hon. Friend has reason to think that this is not being done in any area and will send me particulars, I will have them investigated.
§ Mr. Robert Gibson
Can the hon. and gallant Gentleman say whether the returns made by wholesalers include amounts of food that are sold by them retail?