HC Deb 20 February 1941 vol 369 c294
72. Mr. Denville

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that in the North-East in general, and Newcastle in particular, there is a great shortage of tobacco; and what steps he is taking to remedy the situation?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (Captain Waterhouse)

No, Sir. Temporary local shortages of some brands of cigarettes and tobacco have occurred in various areas, but there is no evidence of a serious shortage of supplies in the North-East or elsewhere.

Mr. Denville

Is my hon. and gallant Friend aware that it is common knowledge in Newcastle that workmen are going from one shop to another trying to buy a packet of "fags," and they cannot get them?

Captain Waterhouse

If my hon. Friend can give me information of specific cases, I will gladly look into them. The fact is that there should be no shortage, as manufacturers are now receiving supplies of tobacco.