asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware of the unfair discrimination operating against Newport bakers by restricting them to a delivery of three days per week in the new delivery order, whilst permitting wholesale deliveries every day in the week to retail shops by bakers from neighbouring towns; that the local rate-paying bakers can themselves supply the whole of Newport's bread requirements, and by so doing effect economy in the use of petrol and man-power occasioned by deliveries of bread made 12 to 30 miles away from the point of consumption; and whether he will reconsider the situation?
Bakers in Cardiff and elsewhere have voluntarily limited retail deliveries to alternate days for many months past, and I am satisfied that the Ministry's Order will not cause hardship to traders in Newport who are now required to adopt similar measures. A scheme for the limitation of inter-town deliveries in South Wales by wholesale is at present under consideration.
Will my hon. and gallant Friend admit that there is a discrimination against the local bakeries in this matter which is both wasteful and not in the interest of the consumer?