§ 65. Lieut.-Colonel Corbett
asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware of the hardship caused to rural dairymen by the decrease in their retail margin which became effective on 1st September; and what steps he proposes to take to improve their position.
§ Mr. F. Willey
My right hon. Friend recently discussed this problem with representatives of the dairymen and agreed that a small number of dairymen operating in thinly-populated areas may be in difficulties. This does not justify a general increase in the margin, but my right hon. Friend has informed dairymen that there is nothing in the present Control and Maximum Prices Order to prohibit a reasonable delivery charge in such cases.