Stocktaking Date (Easter)

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28 March 1945.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst 12:00, 28 March 1945

asked the Minister of Food (1) if he will discontinue the use of Form G.C. 3 and Form R.G.C. 5;

(2) whether, in view of the fact that 31st March comes in the Easter week-end, he will remit the order for stocktaking this month.

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

The answer is "No, Sir."

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

Arising out of the answer to the two questions, is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the filling up of these two forms is unnecessary and overlaps, and owing to the very short supply of help which the grocers can get, they cannot fill up the forms and, if these are not filled up, they are liable to prosecution? Is he also aware, on Question 56, that the very hard worked distributors of food want a few days' rest over the Easter holidays, and what harm could be done by extending the period on this occasion?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

I do not think it quite works out that way.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

Will the right hon. Gentleman look at Question 56 again, and see whether it does not also involve the question of consumers, because the stocktaking does prevent them from getting their tea and sugar in advance as would happen at a normal week-end?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

No, Sir, the stocktaking does not affect the question in which I know my hon. Friend is interested.