Small Traders.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 1st July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Robert Young Mr Robert Young , Newton

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that some small shopkeepers are unable to keep big supplies of commodities sold on the points system; that registered customers with them, on going to larger shops and stores, are refused such commodities owing to their not being registered with the larger shop or store; whether they are entitled to do so and, if so, on what authority?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

Yes, Sir, I am aware that small shopkeepers are generally unable to maintain large stocks of any types of food. I have, however, no reason to believe that retailers generally refuse all varieties of points foods to customers who are not registered with them, though it is possible that in some cases they may reserve for their regular customers commodities of which the supply is below demand. There is, apart from the law of contract, no legal obligation upon a retailer to sell points rationed food against his will.

Photo of Mr Adam M'Kinlay Mr Adam M'Kinlay , Dunbartonshire

Is there any adequate reason why points commodities are not distributed on the basis of registration?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

That is another Question. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will put it down.