HC Deb 10 February 1947 vol 433 cc15-6
32. Mr. Ward

asked the Minister of Food why the retail fruit trade is not represented as a classified trade on food control committees.

Mr. Strachey

Food control committees were set up primarily to look after the interests of consumers who have ten to twelve seats on the committee. Five retail trade members serve on a normal committee, one cooperative, one grocer, one butcher member, and two unclassified members. One or more of these may be a member of the retail fruit trade. I am not prepared to increase the membership of a committee which is already large, nor to put the retail fruit trade in a privileged position compared with dairymen, bakers, caterers and fishmongers by reserving one of the two unclassified seats for them.

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