The hon. Member is under a misapprehension. My officers consulted precisely the same representative traders as they did when the meat prices were altered in July last year.
Does the right hon. and gallant Gentleman appreciate that this time the meat traders asked that they should be officially consulted at the earliest possible stage in the negotiations and that they now complain that this was not done; and, further, that they complain that the schedules were issued to the Press before they were given to the federation?