asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware of the public annoyance at the growing practice among some shopkeepers of giving small overweight on purchases and then charging excessive prices for this, and that it is difficult for customers to reckon the correct additional charge on the spot; and whether he will hold an inquiry into the matter, with a view to introducing legislation.
Is the Minister aware that his statement shows that he is completely removed from reality? Is he furthermore aware that I have received several letters, particularly from old-age pensioners, to say that it is very difficult for them when they have asked for a pound of bananas and the shopkeeper says that it is an ounce or so over and then charges another 3d. or 4d.? Is he also aware that they have no redress in the matter at all, and, instead of being humorous, will the Minister deal with the matter seriously?