HC Deb 05 May 1943 vol 389 cc169-70
58. Mr. Douglas

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food what supplies of tomatoes have been disposed through London wholesale markets since the price was last controlled; and what proportion was disposed of to retailers in Battersea?

Mr. Mabane

I am not in a position to supply the information for which the hon. Member asks.

Mr. Douglas

How can the Minister tell that distribution is equitable?

Mr. Mabane

The Price Control Order came into force on 19th April. Since then a very small quantity of tomatoes has come into the market, but the records do not show what the amount was or where the tomatoes have gone to. The allocation has not yet begun.