The Committee on Horticultural Marketing, whose Report was published last January as Cmnd. 61, examined the profits of middlemen and came to the conclusion that,
The costs of distribution, having regard to the services performed, are not excessive; and the profits of distributors, compared with those in other trades are not high.
My right hon. Friend sees no purpose, in initiating a further inquiry.
Is the Minister aware that that information is completely at variance with the majority of opinion in the country, and, I should have thought, with opinion on both sides of the House? Would it not be feasible to have an inquiry into the costs of distribution with a view, for example, to cutting out the very heavy transport charges which are certainly prevalent in the distribution of vegetables?