HC Deb 14 October 1942 vol 383 cc1638-9W
Mrs. Beatrice Wright

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that it is common practice for street vendors of fruit, etc., to dress their barrows with high-quality articles while serving customers with a very inferior quality; and what steps he is taking to remedy this abuse?

Mr. Mabane

No, Sir. It is open to the customer to refuse to buy from any trader fruit or vegetables of inferior quality at the maximum controlled price or in the case of commodities which are not price-controlled at the price which is being charged by other traders in the district for goods of a higher quality. My Noble Friend, therefore, sees no occasion to take any action on the lines suggested in the Question.