Oral Answers to Questions — Wine Imports (Armed Forces)

– in the House of Commons on 25th November 1942.

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Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that 200 pipes of port are being imported for the American forces in this country from Portugal and 200 butts of sherry from Spain; and whether he will arrange similar imports for the British and other Allied Forces here.

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

I am aware of the imports to which my hon. Friend refers. Imports of wine have also been authorised for the Fighting French Forces. No special imports have been approved for British Forces but arrangements are being made for part of certain imports which have recently arrived in this country to be made available for this purpose. It is also hoped to arrange for further small shipments from Australia and South Africa for British Forces.

Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham

Can my hon. Friend give an assurance that the quantity made available to British Forces will enable the principle of equal drinks for all to be applied?