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Produce (Transport Charges)

Volume 489: debated on Thursday 28 June 1951

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49.

asked the Minister of Agriculture if his attention has been called to the new road transport charges and conditions for the carriage of market garden produce and fruit which are crippling the small grower and are inimical to maximum home food production; and what action he proposes to take.

I am aware that there have been changes in road transport charges and conditions for market garden produce and fruit, but I am advised that their effect is not as suggested by the hon. Member. In any case machinery exists for discussion between the Road Haulage Executive and the National Farmers' Union of any difficulties caused to growers, and action by me would be inappropriate.