HC Deb 07 February 1945 vol 407 c2074
54. Mr. Lipson

asked the Minister of Food if he has considered the representations made to him that food stored in an area, of which he has been informed, at 20 emergency feeding centres and at six other places and which has not been turned over for several months, is in danger of deteriorating; and what action he proposes to take in the matter.

Colonel Llewellin

I am hoping soon to withdraw the food stored at the Emergency Meal Centres and British Restaurants referred to but in the meanwhile it should not deteriorate if the storage arrangements remain satisfactory. The food in the other centres of which my hon. Friend has informed me is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Home Security.

Mr. Lipson

Will my right hon. and gallant Frend see that there is no deterioration at any of these centres throughout the country, in view of the fact that this food is urgently needed, if not here, at least in liberated territories, and there are very large quantities of it?

Colonel Llewellin

We are collecting in all the food at these outlying places as soon as we can. We have collected in a large number of these dispersed food reserves and it is our policy to release them as soon as possible.