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Tomatoes (Distribution)

Volume 440: debated on Monday 21 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware of the grievance of retail greengrocers about the present system of pooling tomatoes, and that in many cases retailers who previously obtained satisfactory supplies from growers or wholesalers are no longer able to do so; and whether he will, at an early date, cancel the present system and allow the normal trade practices to be resumed.

I have received no general complaint that retail greengrocers cannot get a fair share of tomatoes because distribution is controlled. On the contrary, the Retail Fruit Trade Federation, the Co-operative Congress and the National Federation of Grocers, have all expressed the view that our scheme assures

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