HC Deb 14 February 1940 vol 357 cc775-6W
Mr. Mainwaring

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what is the amount of the commission agreed to between the Ministry of Food and the wholesale meat supply associations to meet expenses and remuneration during the provisional first three months period?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

Commission will be paid to wholesale meat supply associations at a percentage of their turnover based on a notional figure of £70 per ton of meat handled. The total amount to be paid cannot therefore be stated until the end of the period. For the initial period the rate of commission has been fixed provisionally at 4 per cent. in the case of the provincial associations; that for London has not yet been finally fixed.

Colonel Baldwin-Webb

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that last week an Albrighton butcher sent twice to Shifnal, eight miles away, without securing any meat at all, and in all travelled 40 miles to try and secure meat for his 1,700 customers, who had to go without any meat at all during the week?

Mr. Morrison

Over 6,000 lbs. of meat were allocated to the Albrighton Retailers' Buying Committee for distribution to the butchers of Albrighton and district during the week in question. Responsibility for delivery to the butchers' shops rests with the Ministry, so that there was no necessity for the butcher referred to in my hon. and gallant Friend's Question to travel 40 miles to procure his meat.

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