HC Deb 18 April 1917 vol 92 cc1658-9

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food approximately the quantity and value of human food intended for the Army or Navy, but allowed to accumulate under tarpaulins and other temporary covering at Newhaven and other points until it deteriorated and in some cases rotted; whether an independent Report will be obtained on the loss in this way since the appointment of the Food Controller; whether loss from this cause continues at any point; and whether it has been decided who shall bear the loss?


Supplies of food intended for His Majesty's Forces are under the responsible control of the War Office and Admiralty. The Food Controller has reason to believe that every effort is being made by these Departments to prevent waste of such supplies.


Will the hon. Gentleman inform the House whether the statement is true that large quantities of food have deteriorated and some have rotted?


I have no reason to believe that that suggestion is well founded, but if the hon. Member will address a further question to those who represent either of the Service Departments, and lay specific facts. I have no doubt he will get a satisfactory reply.

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