HC Deb 01 August 1940 vol 363 c1427W
Sir L. Lyle

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that many tradesmen, including the butchers in the Petersfield-Liphook area, are forcing customers to pay cash only and also for the delivery of goods ordered; that the food control committees refuse such customers the right, when they object to so paying, to change their retailers; and whether he will look into the matter with a view either to checking impositions of the kind or permitting a change of retailer?

Mr. Boothby

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I have given to my hon. Friend the Member for Farnworth (Mr. Tomlinson) in regard to the delivery charge for meat. As regards the refusal of credit by butchers, that is a matter within the competence of the tradesmen concerned and I see no reason for the Ministry to intervene.

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