HC Deb 21 October 1942 vol 383 c1972
58. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether the Ministry have a department working out plans for de-control in the post-war period; and, if so, can he state the ideas on which the plans are being prepared?

Mr. Mabane

My Department has under constant consideration, in consultation where necessary with other Departments, the question of post-war reconstruction as it may affect food supplies and distribution. In reply to the last part of my hon. Friend's Question, the principal object in view is to prepare plans which will, subject to Government policy at the time, meet whatever contingencies may arise during a transitional period following the cessation of hostilities. The general aspects of the problems likely to arise in the subsequent period are also being studied so far as practicable.

Mr. Smith

Is it not a fact that the Minister has given definite undertakings to representatives of certain big businesses in this country, and, if so, does the hon. Gentleman not think that Parliament should be consulted before such undertakings are given?

Mr. Mabane

My hon. Friend does not say what sort of undertakings he refers to, but I am quite certain that my Noble Friend would give no undertaking that would not be in accordance with the wishes of this House.