Public Luncheons, Glasgow.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 12th February 1941.

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Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food the number of luncheons held at City Chambers, Glasgow, since food rationing began where rationed foods have been supplied; and whether, in view of food shortage, he will take steps to abolish the use of rationed foods at all such public luncheons?

Major Lloyd George:

I am informed that three public luncheons have been held in the City Chambers, Glasgow, since 8th January, 1940, and that 95 per cent. of the food served was unrationed. I see no reason to take action regarding such public luncheons.

Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

Would the Minister consider whether it is possible for coupons to be surrendered at such gatherings?

Major Lloyd George:

As the hon. Gentleman knows, the whole of that question has been under consideration, As I have already said, the question goes far beyond this kind of luncheon.

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

Will it be carried out in the Dorchester Hotel if it is carried out at Glasgow?

Major Lloyd George:

That is just what I said. If you carry it out in restaurants, it includes all canteens, and therefore the question has to be very carefully considered.