Co-operative Society Tea Party, Hitchin

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13 June 1945.

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Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey 12:00, 13 June 1945

asked the Minister of Food if any additional allocation of food was given to the Letchworth, Hitchin and District Co-operative Society for a special tea party given at Hitchin town hall on 9th June; and, if not, whether he will have inquiries made as to where the food was obtained.

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

The answer to the first part of the Question is "No, Sir." The normal supplies of food available to a catering establishment were used on the occasion to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

Has my right hon. and gallant Friend had any protest from the local traders on this subject.

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

It is the ordinary practice that catering establishments provide teas if they are allowed to do so. That is why they are catering establishments.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Does this Question not demonstrate that if you want more food you should join the local co-operative society?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

I do not think it demonstrates that at all. What it demonstrates is that this co-operative society was working completely within the rules, but it does not mean that other caterers could not have provided this tea.

Photo of Captain John McEwen Captain John McEwen , Berwickshire and Haddingtonshire

Was there any tinge of propaganda attached to that supplementary question?