§ 72. Mr. G. Darling
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is aware that many food merchants and retailers are unable to get enough petrol and diesel oil to maintain their food distribution services; and whether he will arrange for them to have priority in supplies during the next two weeks, before rationing begins.
§ Mr. Aubrey Jones
Under a flat rate cut of 10 per cent., there is bound to be 87W some contraction in retail delivery services, but in the letter I sent to every garage about the cut on 7th November, I indicated certain priorities to be observed, one of which was wholesale food collection and distribution. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture is aware of no case where the cut of 10 per cent. has resulted in customers being unable to get food.