HC Deb 09 July 1941 vol 373 c176
53. Mr. Lindsay

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he will simplify and clarify all previous Circulars sent to local authorities on the related subjects of British Restaurants, emergency feeding, food and rest centres and school meals; and whether he will make counties and county boroughs the operating authorities for all four services, with proper powers of delegation where necessary?

Major Lloyd George

The suggestion contained in the first part of my hon. Friend's Question has already been carried out. I am sending him a copy of a Circular issued to County Councils on nth June last and would call his attention especially to the memorandum enclosed with that Circular. The suggestion made in the last part of my hon. Friend's Question is, I regret, not practicable.

Mr. Lindsay

I have read the Circular of nth June, and it is that Circular to which I am referring. Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that it created greater complications in the case of some of the local authorities, and that it is still quite impossible for a county borough with 50,000 people to know which is the right Department to deal with the four types of emergency feeding?

Major Lloyd George

Surely, the hon. Gentleman will agree with me that, allowing for all the difficulties, emergency feeding has been done extremely well on the whole.