Concentration of Industry (Soft Drinks).

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 4th August 1942.

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Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, in connection with the proposed abolition of trade marks, labels, goodwill and brands in the pooling of products resulting from the concentration of manufacture in the soft drinks industry, he will take into consideration the prejudicial effect of such an arrangement on old-established firms and on export trade with the complicated financial arrangements necessary to provide compensation; and whether he is satisfied that such conditional pooling is necessary?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

The considerations referred to by my hon. Friend were taken fully into account by, my Noble Friend in reaching his decision. The industry was consulted beforehand. My Noble Friend is satisfied that the arrangements are necessary to secure the needed economies in production and distribution and the most equitable treatment possible of all concerned.

Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

Is it not a fact that there is a widespread feeling that these regulations are unfair and unnecessary and that they are Socialistic in design and calculated to bring everybody down to one level?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

No, Sir. It is undoubtedly true to say that they are supported by the overwhelming majority of the more responsible elements in the trade.

Mr. De la Bère:

That cannot be quite correct. My hon. Friend must think again.

Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

Can I give my hon. Friend evidence?