§ 52. Sir Robert Young
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that some small shopkeepers are unable to keep big supplies of commodities sold on the points system; that registered customers with them, on going to larger shops and stores, are refused such commodities owing to their not being registered with the larger shop or store; whether they are entitled to do so and, if so, on what authority?
§ Mr. Mabane
Yes, Sir, I am aware that small shopkeepers are generally unable to maintain large stocks of any types of food. I have, however, no reason to believe that retailers generally refuse all varieties of points foods to customers who are not registered with them, though it is possible that in some cases they may 210 reserve for their regular customers commodities of which the supply is below demand. There is, apart from the law of contract, no legal obligation upon a retailer to sell points rationed food against his will.
§ Mr. McKinlay
Is there any adequate reason why points commodities are not distributed on the basis of registration?