HC Deb 06 November 1940 vol 365 c1333
47. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that on 1st October 2,500 bunches of bananas in good condition were loaded into barges and taken cut to sea for destruction; for what purpose this food waste was carried out; and whether he will prosecute those responsible?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (Major Lloyd George)

I have been asked to reply. I have made inquiries and have ascertained that these bananas did not arrive in good condition, but were found on arrival to be quite unfit for human consumption and were condemned by the medical officer of health. The latter part of the Question therefore, does not arise.

Mr. Gallacher

If I am able to provide the Minister with information that the bananas were quite eatable, will he be prepared to take action?