HC Deb 03 December 1951 vol 494 cc2014-5
42. Miss Burton

asked the Minister of Food if he will accept the suggestion of the trade that representatives should discuss with him the problem of distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables.

The Minister of Food (Major Lloyd George)

I am always ready to consider constructive suggestions on such matters.

Miss Burton

Would it be possible to get a definite answer from the Ministry? There is a great deal of dissatisfaction about this matter. May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he would agree to discuss, and publish the results of that discussion, with the trade upon the distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables?

Major Lloyd George

I am prepared to consider anything upon this important and difficult matter. It is only the Retailers Federation which has issued a pamphlet on the matter, which I think referred to a Commission. There is no doubt of what they have in mind, and I would welcome any suggestion put forward which would lead to a solution of the problem.

Miss Burton

Would the right hon. Gentleman consider appointing a Commission to inquire into this matter?

Major Lloyd George

I will consider it.

Mr. Keeling

Does the Minister recall that the late Government, on the eve of the Election, produced a scheme without any consultation with the trade?