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Confectionery Points, Shetland Isles

Volume 389: debated on Wednesday 26 May 1943

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51. Mr.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food why differentiation is made in points for confectionery in Northern Ireland on the ground of the length of time taken by supplies to reach Northern Ireland from Great Britain, whereas no such concession is made to traders in the Shetland Isles situated much further from the main land of Great Britain?

The reduction to which my hon. Friend refers was applied to the Shetlands as well as to the rest of ' Great Britain because supplies were, in general, being delivered more quickly to the Shetlands than to Northern Ireland.

Is the Minister aware that it takes 14 hours longer by steamship to go to the Shetlands than to Northern Ireland?