HC Deb 05 March 1947 vol 434 cc480-1
54. Mr. Asterley Jones

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware of a proposal by Notts (Caterers), Limited, of Letchworth, to make a charge for delivering bread; whether this proposal is in accordance with the regulations. made by his Department; and what steps he proposes to take in connection therewith.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (Dr. Edith Summer-skill)

Yes, Sir. I am aware of the proposal. The present position is that the cost of retail deliveries of bread three times a week is provided for in the bread subsidy to the bakers. While, therefore, the proposal to require payment for delivery by the customer is not specifically forbidden by the Bread (Control and Maximum Prices) Order, it is a proposal which my right hon. Friend could not approve without an appropriate reduction of the rate of subsidy. My right hon. Friend will consider this matter with a view to clarifying the position in the near future.

Mr. Wilson Harris

Is the hon. Lady aware that a great many people would gladly pay a small charge to get bread delivered? That would be very much better than having hon. Members of this House sent to fetch the bread.

Dr. Summerskill

I think the hon. Gentleman is not talking about the masses. The masses cannot afford to pay an extra amount.

Mr. Wilson Harris

Is the hon. Lady suggesting that I am not one of the masses?

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