Containers (Carriage Rates)

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th June 1951.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington 12:00 am, 25th June 1951

asked the Minister of Food if his attention has been called to the high rates at present charged for the carriage of empty food and produce containers; and if he will negotiate with the Road Transport Executive to secure a reduction of these charges.

Photo of Mr Maurice Webb Mr Maurice Webb , Bradford Central

No, Sir. I have received no such complaints. In any event these charges are not my responsibility and are matters for negotiation between the carriers and traders concerned.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington

Is not the Minister aware of the old saying, "The servant when he reigneth throws the blame on someone else?" Is not this a typical example of the cumulative effect when two nationalised industries try to compete one against another?