HC Deb 28 May 1941 vol 371 cc1858-9
64. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether his attention has been drawn to the conviction of two officials of his Department, one of whom had had five previous convictions on the charge of accepting a bribe; and whether he is satisfied that every precaution is taken to secure officers of integrity and that every effort is being made to prevent illegal distribution of food, or advantages being granted for monetary or other reward?

Major Lloyd George

I am aware of the conviction of two officers of a local food office to which my hon. Friend refers. Vacancies arising in the Ministry of Food are filled in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and National Service, and every effort is made to secure officers of integrity. I am alive to the importance of preventing illegal distribution of food and abuses of this nature.

Mr. Sorensen

Could the hon. and gallant Gentleman say how many similar cases to this have occurred during, say, the last 12 months?

Major Lloyd George

I could not say without notice.

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