HC Deb 02 April 1917 vol 92 c890
49. Colonel LOCKWOOD

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the numerous directions given by Lord Devonport, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food, and the hon. Member for Hornsey as to what the public should eat, drink, and avoid, some definite statement by a single authority could be issued on the subject?


I have been asked to reply. I am not aware that there has been any discrepancy between the directions given by the Food Controller and their interpretation by the hon. Member for Hornsey and myself. The Food Controller is the sole authority for giving directions, which are always as definite as possible. I endeavour faithfully to reflect the Food Controller's views in this House.


May I ask if the hon. Gentleman's rr cathedra statements are to be taken as the last word, and what articles he recommends the public to save most?


That is a large question, but at any rate, when I speak on food questions in this House I do so with the authority of the Food Controller. If the hon. Gentleman wants to press me on the latter part of the question, it might-involve considerable discussion.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Food Controller has absolutely lost the confidence of the people of this country with this shilly-shally business?

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