HC Deb 28 March 1945 vol 409 cc1362-3
55 and 56. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Minister of Food (1) if he will discontinue the use of Form G.C. 3 and Form R.G.C. 5;

(2) whether, in view of the fact that 31st March comes in the Easter week-end, he will remit the order for stocktaking this month.

Mr. Mabane

The answer is "No, Sir."

Sir W. Smithers

Arising out of the answer to the two questions, is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the filling up of these two forms is unnecessary and overlaps, and owing to the very short supply of help which the grocers can get, they cannot fill up the forms and, if these are not filled up, they are liable to prosecution? Is he also aware, on Question 56, that the very hard worked distributors of food want a few days' rest over the Easter holidays, and what harm could be done by extending the period on this occasion?

Mr. Mabane

I do not think it quite works out that way.

Mr. Evelyn Walkden

Will the right hon. Gentleman look at Question 56 again, and see whether it does not also involve the question of consumers, because the stocktaking does prevent them from getting their tea and sugar in advance as would happen at a normal week-end?

Mr. Mabane

No, Sir, the stocktaking does not affect the question in which I know my hon. Friend is interested.