HC Deb 06 December 1944 vol 406 c510
57. Mr. R. C. Morrison

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that, at cookery exhibitions under the auspices of his Department, oatmeal is recommended for many war-time dishes but that oatmeal has been almost unobtainable in North London for the past month; and will he make supplies available.

Colonel Llewellin

I am looking into the position in North London but, in general, the quantity of oatmeal being distributed, while less than the peak quantity of last season, is still nearly double the pre-war consumption.

Mr. Morrison

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that a great deal of annoyance has been caused by his Ministry holding exhibitions of cooking in North London most of the recipes for which are based on oatmeal, and none of the shops have got it?

Colonel Llewellin

We were particularly asked to give a demonstration at Tottenham by some people who had oatmeal. There was some in one shop but not, I am told, in others. I will certainly put round a cautionary word so that we do not give these demonstrations where an article is needed which is unobtainable.

Mr. Douglas

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman also look into the position in South London?

Colonel Llewellin

Certainly, if the hon. Member will specify the part of South London.