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BRIDGEND MEAT PRICES. The Increasing Milk Shortage. Questions affecting the food supply, and the manner of its distribution, were discussed on Monday night by the members of the Bridgend Food Control Committee. over the meeting, which, as usual, was held in the Public Lib- rary, Mr. J. G. Jenkins, J.P. (chairman) pre- sided, and the mem bers pre-.ent were: Mes*?rs. Morgan Stradling and Henry Abbott, with Mis. Herdman, Messrs. Walter M. Powell, Robert Roberts, and W. H. Petty (co-opted members).— A letter was read from Mr. W. J. Edwards ^sec- retary of the Local Butchers' Association) to the effect that the Association regretted the com- mittee seemed to have decided to discontinue the existing arrangement arrived at amicably, and which had proved ,,0 satisfactory in regard to the sale of meat, and the prices. He under- stood it was the wish of the committee that they should keep accounts and present a balance- sheet periodically. Was it possible for the pre- sent arrangement to continue until January bt:- Christmas was a busy time, and it would be impossible to devote the time necessary to making an absolutely correct balance sheet; in fact, under the present conditions, it was not possible to make one, and it wa-s only a farce from beginning to end in the districts where it had been asked for. Could not something be done to regulate the price of milk so as to en- sure a supply? In conclusion, Mr. Edwards wrote that the butchers were in favour of a uniform price list.—The Chairman: Shall we enforce the Order, or come to some settlement? The suggestion in favour of a uniform price is a good suggestion, and I take it the Federation will take it up on Thursday next.—Mr. Petty I move that we waive the matter until after Christmas.—Mrs. Herdman seconded, and the committee agreed. The question was next discussed of the short- ening milk supply, and in particular the best means of securing priority for the children of necessitous parents. Of the already limited supply there can be no doubt, Mr. Abbott say- ing he had visited houses in which children had neither butter nor margarine. Full power was given to the executive officer to order milk upon a report which Nurses Mainwaring and DeJahay will prepare as to the number of children in the town not already supplied.—The Executive Officer submitted a memorandum from the Ministry of Food. conferring upon the com- mittee. the power to prevent milk going outside the -dis-t-riet.-T-pon mention of a specific case by Mr. Walter M. Powell, it was resolved, on the motion of the Chairman, to communicate with the Ministry of Food asking for sanction to vary the terms of the Order so as to make it applic- able to the period preceding the Order, which is dated October 7th.—Mr. Walter M. Powell pro- posed to instruct local milk vendors not to supply ice-cream shops with milk during the period of shortage.—Mr. Petty cecondtd, and the committee agreed.—Mr. Walter M. Powell emphasised the great urgency of devising a sys- tem under which poor children should not be allowed to suffer any deprivation.—Mr. Robert Roberts: The only thing is to "pool" milk somewhere in the centre of the town, and then people will be able to go and fetch it.—Mr. Petty agreed with Mr. Powell. The shortage, he said, in a few months would be still more serious, and now was the time to prepare a scheme.—Eventually, it was decided to invite the local milk sellers to attend for consultation with the committee at the meeting on Monday next. ■





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