HC Deb 03 May 1938 vol 335 cc676-7
7. Mr. Day

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has now completed his arrangements for the appointment of divisional food officers who will be responsible for safeguarding food supplies during an emergency in London and the home counties; and will he give the names of the officers so appointed?

Captain Wallace

The work which, in other parts of Great Britain, is being undertaken by the divisional food officers is at present being carried out in London and the Home Counties by officers at the Headquarters of the Food (Defence Plans) Department. It is not proposed to appoint divisional officers in London and the Home Counties until the plans in preparation in the Department are further advanced, but arrangements have been made to secure the nomination of persons to act as food executive officer for all local authority areas in the Metropolitan Police District, and approaches are now being made to other local authorities in the Home Counties.

Mr. Day

Do I understand that the local authorities are always consulted beforehand?

Captain Wallace

I could not say without notice, but I expect so.

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