Food Department.

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons on 17th July 1922.

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Photo of Mr George Lambert Mr George Lambert , South Molton

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asked the President of the Board of Trade when it is expected that the food department, formerly the Ministry of Food, will be wound up; and what is the necessity for keeping it in being?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I anticipate that the Food Department will have ceased to exist by the end of the financial year. The necessity for keeping it in being was fully explained in the Second Interim Report of the Committee on National Expenditure, to which I would refer my right hon. Friend.

Photo of Mr George Lambert Mr George Lambert , South Molton

Is it really necessary that this Department should remain in being about four and a half years after the Armistice?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

If my right hon. Friend looks up the Second Interim Report, he will see the reasons stated.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley , Fylde

Is not the cost of this Department very much greater than the work it has to do? Does the work it has to do justify it?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

No, I do not think so.