HC Deb 10 December 1946 vol 431 cc970-1
46. Mr. Garry Allighan

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that 688,876 cases of food totalling 16,914 tons have been sent for distribution to this country from other parts of the Commonwealth and Empire, in addition to large quantities of meat, he will take this opportunity of publicly thanking the donor countries who have given such practical expression of their good will towards the people of this country.

The Prime Minister

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Food has written personally to thank many who have organised the sending of gifts of food, and for each consignment a letter of thanks is sent by his Department. In addition, many thousands of recipients have written individual letters of thanks, which, I feel sure, provide the most effective expression of our appreciation of the great generosity shown to us by our friends and kinsmen overseas. I welcome, on behalf of the Government, and of this House, the opportunity of adding my own sincere thanks.

Mr. Walkden

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether, in placing on record thanks to the donors of gifts, he will also give thanks for the generous contributions made by the Dominions to guarantee the normal rations we enjoyed throughout the war?

The Prime Minister

In agreeing with my hon Friend, I would point out that that has already been done; no doubt he will have heard it on several occasions