HC Deb 31 January 1940 vol 356 cc1139-40
46. Mr. White

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster why the office of the Cereal Control Board is at Godstone?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The central office of the Cereals Control Board is in London, but the Cereals Import Committee of the board, which is concerned with the technical aspects of buying imported supplies of cereals and their distribution in the United Kingdom, is housed at Godstone. This is a measure of dispersal adopted as an insurance against the possibility of dislocation of an essential service. The accommodation has been placed at the disposal of the board by Mr. James V. Rank who is chairman of the committee.

Mr. T. Williams

May I ask whether the home of the chief of the milling combine is the likeliest possible place for the Area Import Board; and will he tell us exactly who constitutes the buying executive, with their names and, exactly in what trades they are involved?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I cannot give all the names in answer to a Supplementary Question, but we are much indebted to the far-sighted work clone by the committee under Mr. Rank's chairmanship. When the history of these transactions becomes known it will be realised what good work this committee has done in the national interest.

Mr. De la Bère

Is my hon. Friend aware of the misstatement made by the Minister of Food on the 25th January when he stated that Godstone was a small auxiliary control board? Is it not a fact that it is the hub of the rascally milling combines?

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