Orders of the Day — Meals (Social Functions)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1947.

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The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (Dr. Edith Summer-skill):

I think if I speak at this stage I might be able to satisfy Members, particularly those representing the seaside resorts who would otherwise wish to speak. The House will remember that it was in August of this year—6th August, I believe—that the Prime Minister announced that the time had come to restrict catering establishments during the period of the economic crisis. The Government considered, quite rightly, that during this time of austerity it was not in the public interest for lavish banquets to be held.—[An HON. MEMBER: "You cannot get lavish banquets."]—Will hon. Members be quiet. The hon. Members who pray against this order entirely ignore its psychological value.