HC Deb 04 February 1942 vol 377 cc1185-6
54. Mr. David Adams

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether any Government decision as to the continued existence of British Restaurants after the war has been come to, and whether, in view of the outstanding public advantages of this experiment, an opportunity will be afforded before a definite decision is taken to debate the matter in the House?

Major Lloyd George

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer to a Question on this subject which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for East Wolverhampton (Mr. Mander) on 22nd January, 1942.

Mr. Adams

Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman give some indication as to whether there will be a Debate in the House before the cessation of these British Restaurants?

Major Lloyd George

Briefly, the answer given was that the function of my Department is to see that the people of this country are adequately fed in war time, and that it would be for Parliament to decide which, if any, of the existing activities of the Ministry should continue when the present temporary powers expire.