HC Deb 21 November 1945 vol 416 cc436-7

The following Question stood upon the Order Paper in the name of Mr. SKEFFINGTON:

35. To ask the Minister of Food, whether he is aware that individuals in the Irish Free State are canvassing in England by letter for orders for meat, which can apparently be imported up to a maximum of four pounds; and what steps he is taking to stop this practice.

Mr. Gallacher

On a point of Order. Is it in Order to address Questions to Ministers referring to the non-existent Irish Free State when the country is known as "Eire" and is recognised in a Bill passed through this House? I do not see why Members should use such a name as "Irish Free State" in a Question, when the name does not exist any longer.

Mr. Speaker

It is not for the Table to inquire into the accuracy of hon. Members' Questions. This is the Question as it was passed by the Table. I have no doubt that it is in Order.

Sir B. Smith

I am not aware of this practice, but if my hon. Friend would supply me with particulars, I should be glad to look into the matter.

Mr. Skeffington

Is it not a fact that bacon is being sent here?

Sir B. Smith

I have no knowledge of it. If the hon. Member will give me the particulars I shall be very happy to look into them.

Mr. Skeffington

Are such importations allowed?

Mr. Keeling

Does the Minister object to meat being sent to this country?

Sir B. Smith

Offhand, I should say "Yes, unless I control it."

An Hon. Member

Why should there be no rationing of meat in Eire?