HC Deb 31 July 1946 vol 426 c951
55. Lieut.-Commander Clark Hutchison

asked the Minister of Food when he is likely to be in a position to alter the arrangements for the distribution of milk so as to allow consumers freedom of choice of a retailer.

Mr. Strachey

I am setting up immediately a small working party of independent advisers to review the whole question of the distribution of milk, from the point at which the Ministry of Food takes over ownership to the point at which it is delivered to the consumer. The object of the review will be to make recommendations ensuring that safe clean milk is delivered to the consumer as efficiently and economically as possible. As part of this review, the question of retail delivery will be examined, and I propose to ask the working party to give special and early consideration to this matter.

Mr. R. S. Hudson

Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us the names of the working party, and whether they include any members of the Marketing Board?

Mr. Strachey

No, the invitations have not yet gone out.

Mr. Gammans

Will the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that the producer-retailers will be represented?

Mr. Strachey

I do not think I can begin giving assurances at the moment. The composition of the working party is not settled.

Mr. Rhys Davies

May I ask my right hon. Friend whether he will take into account in this connection the men who are actually implementing his regulations in the distributing trade, and see that they are connected with the committee?

Mr. Strachey

I think that is a very useful suggestion.

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