HC Deb 15 March 1917 vol 91 c1310W

asked the Secretary to the Local Government Board whether he has received any proposals from local authorities for economising labour and enabling volunteering for National Service by organising a unified distribution of milk, coal, and other articles under municipal auspices, in place of the separate and competing distributive services of rival traders; and whether he has power to authorise and encourage schemes in this direction?


I have received proposals of the kind. While doubtful of the wisdom of displacing existing machinery for distribution, or substitution for it, a municipal organisation, I am strongly impressed with the desirability of encouraging in every way co-operation in local trades so as to secure the maximum of economy in the process of distribution. I understand that the Director-General of National service has this subject under consideration.