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Strawberry-Grower's Complaint (Knockholt)

Volume 390: debated on Wednesday 30 June 1943

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (1) what are the results of his inquiries into the threatening language used by a representative of a jam factory acting on the authority of the Ministry on 3rd June, to a strawberry grower at Knockholt, Kent, particulars of which have been sent to him; and what action does he propose to take;(2) whether he is aware that a divisional enforcement- officer of his Ministry from Tunbridge Wells, on 23rd June, walked on to a smallholder's strawberry ground, particulars of which have been sent to him, bought a basket of strawberries and then informed the smallholder that a summons would follow; has he authorised such methods; and will he give instructions that such methods shall not be used in future?

As consideration is being given to this case with a view to legal proceedings it is not desirable for me at this stage to reply to my hon. Friend's Questions.