Oral Answers to Questions — Wines and Spirits (Distribution and Sale)

– in the House of Commons on 9th February 1944.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

asked the Minister of Food if he has now considered the representations and proposals of the North Midland Regional Price Regulation Committee in connection with the distribution and sale of spirits; and what steps he now proposes to take for the protection of the public.

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

The reply to the first part of the Question is "Yes, Sir." In reply to the last part, I do not consider that I would be justified, in undertaking the control of the distribution and sale of wines and spirits.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Does not the Minister know that for some years this racket has gone on against the public and that his Department has done nothing, on the pretence that they have never heard of it? Will he take steps to stop this underground racket, which operates to the detriment of the genuine buyer?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

It would mean setting up another large control, taking on a largely increased staff in the Ministry, and issuing a large number of forms to control the distribution of things that are not necessities.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Arising out of that could not the whole position be effectively simplified by a maximum price that has the force of law and not merely a price fixed internally by the distillers, which is obeyed by so few people?

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

Has the Minister not already a price control for wine supplied with meals, and does not that work?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

There is such an order applying to whisky, gin and beer, at any rate, sold with a meal——

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

Not whisky but wine. I ask the Minister to look into his own Order.

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

May I finish—and an arrangement applying to the Algerian wines, imported by the Ministry.

Viscountess Astor:

Who wants the prices reduced?