asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he can make a statement about the case of Seymour Sydney, who was tried at the Old Bailey on Friday, 10th July; the number of tons of food found by the police and its value; the amount of money paid by one of the defendants to Seymour Sydney for food stored in the West End; and whether he has seen the statement about the defendant made by the judge who tried the case?
Seymour Sydney was sentenced to four years penal servitude and fined £2,000 for offences against the Department's Statutory Rules and Orders, and at the same time sentences were imposed on other persons involved in the case. The approximate number of tons of food found by the police was 20, and the approximate value based on the maximum retail prices was £1,200. I assume that the reference in the third part of the Question is to the amount paid by Jean Alphonse Pages to Sydney for the food which had been seized by the police. I understand that Pages paid approximately £2,700 for these foodstuffs. I have read the statement referred to in the Question.