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B.R.S. Handling of Fruit Attacked

11th May 1951, Page 36
11th May 1951
Page 36
Page 36, 11th May 1951 — B.R.S. Handling of Fruit Attacked
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

MATIONATIZATION of road trans11 port had removed men who had spent the whole of their lives in transport and knew what merchants required. Many users now had to employ British Road Services, which had not the same interest as had freehauliers.

Mr. N. P. Newman made these observations when he spoke to the National Association of Corn and Agricultural Merchants at Exeter, last week.

Another attack on B.R.S. was made • at Harrogate, recently, by Mr. D.

Bowerman, of Bournemouth Markets and Ice Cold Stores, ltd., addressiag the annual conference of. the National Federation of Fruit and Potato Trades.

Until the turn of the year, his company, he said, paid 29s. a ton for produce carried from London. A new schedule was introduced, at the end of February, in which traffic was grouped and separate rates for each group were charged.

Mr. Bowerman gave examples of the new rates and the percentage increasesinsposed. Group 1, lettuce, bore an 80s. cbarge, representing a rise of 175 per cent.; group 2. Lea Valley tomatoes in chips 60s. and 106 per cent.; group 3, Dutch lettuce, 50s. and 73 per cent.; and group 4, Canary tomatoes in boats, • 40s. and 38 per cent.

There are other items of produce in the four groups.

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