HC Deb 22 January 1941 vol 368 cc171-2
60. Sir H. Williams

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food when the rum control was instituted; the name of the rum controller; and what was his previous experience in dealing with this commodity?

Mr. Johnstone

No rum control has been imposed and no rum controller appointed. Imports, however, are now subject to licence. While stocks remain at their present high level licences will not be granted unless proof is forthcoming that the rum is required for essential purposes and not for maturing in bond.

Sir H. Williams

Do I understand that Mr. Keeley, of the Ministry of Food, and working from Colwyn Bay, does not in fact license imports of rum, and therefore that there is no control? Is the hon. Gentleman not aware also that no supplies are available for the civil population?

Viscountess Astor


Mr. Johnstone

I think my hon. Friend is probably aware that the licensing system is not the same as control. Imports of rum are subject to licence, but there are large stocks in this country, very considerable stocks, a third larger than a year ago, and my Noble Friend sees no reason for any change in the system.

Mr. Cocks

Should a rum controller be appointed, will the claims of the Noble Lady be considered?

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