§ Sir R. Glyn
asked the Minister of Food if he will cause inquiry to be made into the distribution during Christmas week in the Abingdon district of Berkshire, of fruit to retailers; for what reason were the limited supplies solely sent to Co-operative stores and not to private traders; and what representations have been made to his Department on this matter.
§ Mr. Strachey
Owing to late arrival of shipping supplies of fruit for the Abingdon district could not be delivered to wholesalers in the area before Sunday, 22nd December. The C.W.S. opened to accept delivery that day and so were able to supply the retail Co-operative stores122W on 23rd December. Other wholesalers were also offered delivery on the Sunday, but those who did not accept the offer were unable to supply their retail customers until after Christmas. I have sent the hon. Member a full explanation of the circumstances.