HC Deb 30 September 1942 vol 383 cc776-7
64. Dr. Little

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, as the trading in aerated waters in Northern Ireland is different from Britain owing to the _ fact that a large trade is done by certain manufacturers with domestic consumers, he will withdraw the condition imposed on Northern Ireland traders that no delivery is to be made to the premises of any domestic consumer, as this means the closing down of firms whose trade is largely a domestic one?

Mr. Mabane

I cannot agree that the trading conditions in Northern Ireland are different from those in Great Britain, and there would appear to be no ground on which Northern Ireland manufacturers should be exempt from the general direction not to deliver soft drinks to the premises of domestic consumers. Firms whose trade is largely domestic can still reach their customers through retail shops.

Dr. Little

Will my hon. Friend institute inquiries to see how many manufacturers do a large domestic trade?

Mr. Mabane

Certainly, Sir.