HC Deb 17 June 1920 vol 130 cc1476-7W

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any information of the alleged attempt by the Co-operative Wholesale Society, through its representative in New Zealand, to secure the whole of the output of cheese and butter in New Zealand for the forthcoming season; whether, having regard to the fact that this dominion is the chief source of supply of cheese for British consumption during certain periods of the year, the output being calculated at about 60,000 tons of cheese and about 18,000 tons of butter, and as such form an important part of the public supplies of Great Britain, he will make representations to the Dominion Government, or take other steps to prevent the Co-operative Wholesale Society becoming monopolists of these articles to the exclusion of other traders, and such as will ensure the supply of essential foodstuffs being distributed among traders, and not allowed to be in the hands of any one trading organisation?


I have been asked to reply. I would refer the hon. and learned Member to the reply given yesterday to a question on this subject by the hon. Member for the Sevenoaks Division (Mr. Bennett).

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