57. Mr. D. WHITE
asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the increasing need for economy in food, the Government will now take steps to prohibit the use of foodstuffs in the manufacture-of intoxicating drinks?
I have been asked to reply. As I informed the hon. Member for North-East Lanarkshire on 28th March, the manufacture, from barley or any other cereals, of any malt suitable for use in the brewing of beer has been prohibited since the 20th February last. As regards the use of grain in the making of potable spirits, I would refer the hon. Member to the answers just given to previous questions.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Government is lagging behind public opinion in this country?
§ Mr. MILLAR
Has any other licence been issued since 20th February for the malting of grain, and is any additional allowance to be made in respect of the request put forward by the Army Council for beer for the Army?
§ Mr. A. WILLIAMS
Did not the hon. Gentleman tell me just now that licences for the malting of grain are still being issued?
I said licences for the production of certain malt for certain industrial purposes were being issued. This question is directed to the production of malt for brewing purposes.