HC Deb 06 November 1940 vol 365 c1334
53. Sir H. Williams

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he has any statement to make as to the omission to arrange for the importation of a sufficient supply of onions?

Major Lloyd George

As my hon. Friend is aware, the main source of our imported onion supplies at this season of the year is the Netherlands, and these supplies are not at present obtainable. It is not possible to make good more than a proportion of the deficiency from other sources, but every effort is being made to obtain such alternative supplies as are available.

Sir H. Williams

May I ask my hon. and gallant Friend what power he has in the event of some of the shopkeepers withholding these onions and not exposing them for sale? What remedy have we?