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.
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.