HC Deb 24 March 1948 vol 448 c3008
46. Mr. Teeling

asked the Minister of Food why milkmen are not allowed to deliver milk in London before 7 a.m.; and whether the wartime regulation prohibiting this can now be withdrawn.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (Dr. Edith Summerskill)

Restrictions on very early morning deliveries of milk were imposed to secure economies in distribution. My right hon. Friend does not consider that the resumption of these deliveries would justify the extra cost at the present.

Mr. Teeling

Does the hon. Lady realise that this regulation affects milkmen's holidays? They wish to go to seaside resorts on their day off, and they are unable to do so because of this regulation. They have to deliver their milk first. Could some exception be made?

Dr. Summerskill

I should welcome evidence of what the hon. Gentleman tells me. My experience is that the milkmen welcome this regulation.

Mr. Osborne

What financial economies have been effected by this regulation?

Dr. Summerskill

This is a question of economising not in money, but in manpower.

Mr. Anthony Greenwood

What discussions have taken place with the appropriate trade union on this matter?

Dr. Summerskill

Discussions have taken place on many occasions.