HC Deb 12 February 1941 vol 368 cc1360-1
64. Mr. Maxton (for Mr. McGovern)

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food the number of luncheons held at City Chambers, Glasgow, since food rationing began where rationed foods have been supplied; and whether, in view of food shortage, he will take steps to abolish the use of rationed foods at all such public luncheons?

Major Lloyd George

I am informed that three public luncheons have been held in the City Chambers, Glasgow, since 8th January, 1940, and that 95 per cent. of the food served was unrationed. I see no reason to take action regarding such public luncheons.

Mr. Maxton

Would the Minister consider whether it is possible for coupons to be surrendered at such gatherings?

Major Lloyd George

As the hon. Gentleman knows, the whole of that question has been under consideration, As I have already said, the question goes far beyond this kind of luncheon.

Mr. G. Griffiths

Will it be carried out in the Dorchester Hotel if it is carried out at Glasgow?

Major Lloyd George

That is just what I said. If you carry it out in restaurants, it includes all canteens, and therefore the question has to be very carefully considered.