asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, in view of the fact that there is, apart from the law of contract, no legal obligation upon a retailer to sell points-rationed foods against his will, and the difficulty now experienced by house wives in rural areas in obtaining points- rationed foods in their villages owing to shortage of supplies and in neighbouring towns owing to the frequent unwillingness of retailers to supply such goods, he will consider instituting a system of regional points supply so that each purchaser would be limited to a prescribed area but guaranteed point supplies within that area?
No, Sir. I regret that my hon. Friend's suggestion could not be operated in practice. There is no evidence that housewives in rural areas are unable to spend their points, although, of course, particular foods in short supply may not always be available.
Is not the trouble that the present stocks in every grocer's store are related to the first period of food points as returned by the grocer and that he cannot increase his stocks on that basis?