§ 64. Sir J. Mellor
asked the Minister of Food why it has been necessary in the Cheese (Amendment) Order, 1951, to alter the definition of pre-packed, to require that only the processor shall prepack, and to revise the column headings in the schedule of the Cheese Order, 1950; and why the explanatory note does not explain the reasons for these changes.
§ Mr. Webb
This requirement applies only to some kinds of processed cheese which are free from price control. It was introduced, as a measure of protection for the public, in order to prevent the possibility of a retailer pre-packing processed cheese issued for the ration, selling it ration-free at an uncontrolled price, and thus diverting supplies from the ration. The column headings116W were revised so as to remove any doubt as to the maximum price to be charged for cheese on a sale by wholesale to a manufacturer. The purpose of explanatory notes is simply to indicate the general purport of orders and, in particular, any changes made in the law. Quite rightly, I think, it is not the practice for them to attempt to explain or justify policy.