HC Deb 04 March 1918 vol 103 c1704

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that in the Circular M.G. Tea 1, just issued for the guidance of food control committees, certain wholesale tea dealers are mentioned by name as supplying retailers with packet teas, while one firm, namely, the Co-operative Whole sale Society, Limited, located in London, whose operations in packet teas are larger in the aggregate than of all the firms mentioned in the circular, is omitted; whether there is any special reason for the omission of this information which should be of importance to food control committees; and whether the circular in question, M.G. Tea 1, has received the approval of the Consumers' Council?


The circular to which the hon. Member refers was issued for the guidance of food control committees, and the firms in question were mentioned merely by way of illustration. Food control committees do not purchase tea, and there was, therefore, nothing in the nature of a suggestion that tea should be obtained from those firms. The circular was not submitted to the Consumers' Council as the matter was not of the kind usually referred to it

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