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MR. FRANK HODGES AND THE MINERS. I Bridgerri Fcod Control Committee. I i Vvelcomes New Labour Members. I The Garw miners, at a meeting held in Bridg- end on Monday, passed a resolution placing on record tlie (Íeep appreciation of the district of the services rendered by Mr. Frank Hodges, I and expressing disgust at the unwarrantable attack made upon him and the miners in general by members of Bridgend Council. Mr. J. U. Jenkins, J.P. (chairman of Bridgend Food Control Committee) presided over a meeting of that body held un Monday night at the Public Library. The members in attendance were :— -•.iessrs. George Harris, Morgan Stradling, Wm. Jones, J. T. Hitt, Henry Abbott, with the fol- lowing co-opted members: Mrs. Herdman, Messrs. Walter M. Powell, W. H. Petty, Robert Roberts, together with the Labour nominees: Messrs. Frank Hodges, Peter Vincent, and J. F. Ling.—The Chairman, in welcoming the new members, said he hoped they would prove to be ,)t great assistance to the committee in dealing I with the difficult matter of the proper distribu- tion, and economising, of food. He hoped they would work amicably. He did dot wish them to take any side following the recent discussion in the Council, which he hoped would soon be entirely forgotten, and that they would do their btst, individually and collectively, for the good of the town.—Mr. Frank Hodges, in reply, said they wer<il grateful for the welcome ex- tended to them, and whatever had happened in connection with their election, he ventured to say, on behalf of his colleagues, that they would .;a y -n behalf of his col' not carry any of the animosity or ill-feeling that might have been created into the proceed- ings of that committee. On the contrary, they would endeavour to co-operate with a view of making the work as easy and as effective as possible, and if they answered the charges levelled at them, it would be in another place. Milk Distribution and Prices.—A letter was read from the Food Controller re the reported diversion of certain milk from Bridgend to Pon- tycymmer, and stating that the committee had power to direct any retail dealer to deliver milk to any consumer or class of consumers, and to give priority where necessary. The Food Con- troller endorsed the action of the committee in stopping the supply of milk to ice-cream ven- dors, and was surprised that action had not be- fore been taken in that direction.—Mr. Abbott, in view of the "terrible shortage" in Bridgend, proposed to take further action to keep milk in the town. Mr. Harris seconded.—Mr. Morgan Stradling supported, and the executive officer was instructed to take the necessary steps—Mr. W. H. Petty suggested that the rationing of the nation was the only means likely to prove effec- tive in putting an end to the queues which were the subject of much adverse comment, and moved a resolution to that effect.—Mr. Walter M. Powell considered that the time was ripe to 1 formulate a scheme for the more equitable dis- tribution in Bridgend of butter, margarine, and other provisions.-—Mr. Hodges, in seconding Mr. Petty's motion, said in Swansea he was almost paralysed by the large number of men and women in the queues, in which he recognised the elements of revolution and civil war. In Bridgend they had only ,a queue at one shop, and what was wanted was to remove the ca-us-es of the queues, which were inadequacy of supply and unequal distribution of the existing supply. Compulsory rationing was the only way.—The resolution was unanimously carried.—By ar- rangement, a representative meeting of local milk vendors attended, and was for some time in consultation with the committee. They said that, so far as they knew, no milk had been diverted from the town, though there was a grave danger of a diminishing supply through land baring to be ploughed up. They agreed with the committee that preference should be given to infants and invalids, and acted accord- ingly. On the proposition of Mr. Henry Abbott, seconded by Mr. Morgan Stradling, the commit- tee passed a resolution totally exempting small holders of up to 70 acres who are milk producers and vendors, from the obligation of ploughing, as at present they are getting the utmost value out of the land, the resolution to be sent to the County War Agricultural Committee.

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