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Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Hotel Meals (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: I am not aware that meals served in private rooms in West End hotels exceed the provisions of the Meals in Establishments Order. Whether in public or in private rooms only three courses may be served. If the hon. Member is aware of any instance in which he considers the law is not being observed and will let me have details, I will make inquiries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Pilchards Levy (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: I regret that separate figures of levy receipts and transport expenditure for pilchards are not available. On pilchards cured for export, which accounted for over 60 per cent. of the catch, a rebate of the levy is given which, for 1945, will amount to £8,520.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Pilchards Levy (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: I will have another look at it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Special Cheese Ration (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: I regret that I cannot see my way to adopt my hon. Friend's suggestion. The special cheese ration is intended for categories of workers who, by the nature of their work, are unable to make use of canteens or catering establishments or get home for their midday meal and are obliged to take a packed meal with them. Smalholders, generally speaking, live near their homes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Summer Fruits (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: Growers cultivating more than certain specified acreages are already prohibited from selling direct to the public fruits of their own growing which are subject to price control, unless specially licensed to do so under the relative maximum prices order.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Summer Fruits (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: I am not aware of that, but in the case of tomatoes, for instance, anybody having less than 400 square yards would have a right to sell to the public. However, if my hon. Friend has any particular case in mind I will be very happy to investigate it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: World Food Situation (White Paper) (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: I think it better to await the results of the meeting referred to, one of the main objects of which will be to assess the present and prospective situation of world food supplies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: World Food Situation (White Paper) (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: I am not aware of the statement made by my right hon. Friend, but we have been thinking of giving a quarterly review. As regards the F.A.O. itself, they are kept fully informed of all the subject matter relating to this question, and I had hoped, therefore, to publish an amended copy in July.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Fat and Sugar (Bakers) (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: As I announced on 2nd May, the cuts in fats and sugar to bakers are being made in order to reduce the output of flour confectionery, thereby reducing our consumption of flour. In view of the grave world shortage of wheat, I regret I cannot make any such modifications in the cuts as suggested by the hon. Member.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Fat and Sugar (Bakers) (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: I can assure the hon. Gentleman that that statement is entirely beside the truth. Neither I nor my Ministry know of any instance where any trader has closed up as a result of what my Ministry has done.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Fat and Sugar (Bakers) (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: As I announced on 2nd May, the allocation of fats and sugar to bakers has been reduced with a view to securing a reduction in the consumption of flour for cakes. Unfortunately the need to save flour became so pressing that on this occasion it was impossible for me to follow my usual custom of prior consultation with the Bakery Trade Associations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Fat and Sugar (Bakers) (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: I am glad to be so advised by the hon. Member. On the other hand, I did write to these people and I am now getting their full cooperation

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Italian Cheese (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: Italy is at present a net importer of milk products, but when cheese of a suitable type is available at reasonable prices I shall endeavour to procure it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Italian Cheese (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: I have already said in reply to the hon. Member that if the cheese is available and at reasonable prices I will be happy to procure it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Italian Cheese (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: Not at all. As may be known to the House, I have undertaken to import quite small quantities of Camembert cheese and Danish blue cheese, and I shall do all I can to get every kind imported into this country.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Barley Storage (Eastern Counties) (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: Storage space in the hangars of 12 redundant airfields in the Eastern counties has been arranged for this year's barley harvest. Supplies of temporary steel housing will also be available if required.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Ice Cream Price (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: The scheme for regulating the price of ice cream announced in August last year is still in operation. Traders should not charge more than 50 per cent. above their prewar price for a similar portion of ice cream, and they have been warned that a trader who persists in doing so, after a warning from the Ministry, may lose his allocation of sugar and fats. The public can greatly assist me in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Ice Cream Price (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: I thought I had stated that in my answer, when I said the local food office.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Ice Cream Price (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: There should be none.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Ice Cream Price (22 May 1946)

Mr Benjamin Smith: I am very sorry that my hon. Friend, being a good Scot, should be thus relieved of a shilling.


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