HC Deb 19 April 1948 vol 449 c104W
16. Mr. Butcher

asked the Minister of Food why he continues to make substantial allocations of oranges to multiple stores when ex-Service men who have received licences to establish or re-establish themselves in the retail business only receive very small allocations.

Mr. Strachey

Distribution committees have been specially instructed to exercise no discrimination in favour of any particular class of trader in the allocation of oranges. A new entrant to the retail trade is given a suitable allocation as soon as he has established himself in business, and later may ask for his allocation to be reviewed on the basis of his trade in fruit and vegetable produce.