§ 65. Mr. Henderson Stewart
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he has considered the report of Sir James Irvine's Committee upon retail deliveries in St. Andrews; why delay has occurred in replying to the Committee; and whether the Committee's recommendations are accepted?
§ Mr. Mabane
The report to which my hon. Friend refers has been fully considered by my Noble Friend in consultation with my Noble Friend the Minister 1037 of War Transport. Receipt of the report was acknowledged on 26th June, and a considered reply was sent to Sir James Irvine on 28th July. I regret that it has not been found possible to amend the Order in the manner suggested.
Does not my hon. Friend recall that this Committee was set up at the direct suggestion of his Department, on terms agreed by his food officer in Dundee, for the precise purpose of discovering what amendments were necessary? These amendments have now been presented, and it is time the scheme was out. Will my hon. Friend reconsider the announcement which he has just made?
§ Mr. Mabane
I am afraid I cannot accept any of my hon. Friend's suggestions. This was not an official committee of the Ministry of Food. The initiative came mainly from the hon. Member himself. The terms of reference were not determined by the Ministry of Food. There seems no special reason why St. Andrews should have special treatment.
Is not the Minister aware that his statement as to the facts is wrong? In view of that misstatement, I beg to give notice that I will raise the matter on the Adjournment.