§ Mr. BILLING (by Private Notice)
asked the Chairman of the Kitchen Committee whether it is a fact that his Committee have decided to purchase German wines from German agents in London and Germany for the consumption of Members of the House of Commons, and whether, for the satisfaction of Members of this House, he will state what are the grounds for arriving at that decision?
§ Sir JAMES AGG-GARDNER
his true, as stated in the question. A desire having been expressed by various Members—[HON. MEMBERS: "Names‡"]—for the wines referred to in the question, and, there being no legal objection, it is obviously the duty of the Committee to supply the wines.
§ Mr. BOTTOMLEY
May I ask whether perhaps the Committee in adopting this policy had in its mind the fact that this might be one of the most agreeable methods of helping Germany to pay the indemnity?
§ Mr. BILLING
Is it not a fact that the Chairman of the Kitchen Committee proceeded to Germany to acquire these wines, and does he consider that in his official capacity he is setting a good example to the House of Commons by providing means for its becoming alcoholic on German wines?
Sir J. AGG-GAR DN ER
I did not go to Germany for the express purpose of buying wines, but to visit the occupied areas.