§ 59. Colonel Erroll
asked the Minister of Food what steps he is taking to diminish the size of queues outside food-shops.
§ The Minister of Food (Sir Benjamin Smith)
I can see no short cut to the abolition or the substantial reduction of food queues. They will, however, diminish as soon as supplies of unrationed foodstuffs and the number of shop assistants increase. Every effort is being made to obtain additional labour for retail food shops and I am also doing my utmost to secure a fair share of the available world food supplies for consumption in this country.
§ Colonel Erroll
Will the right hon. Gentleman urge that individuals forming queues shall not be summoned for causing an obstruction?
§ Sir B. Smith
Perhaps that question had better be addressed to my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary.
§ Sir W. Smithers
Would not the situation be considerably eased if the right hon. Gentleman could arrange for more licences and permits to be granted for opening many more shops, especially in the case of ex-Servicemen?