HC Deb 20 March 1946 vol 420 c1873
76. Dr. Little

asked the Minister of Food whether, owing to the world- shortage of food, he will withdraw from the brewers 25 per cent. of the cereals allocated to them of the 1945 crop and devote the grain thus released to food purposes.

Dr. Summerskill

At the moment I have nothing to add to the reply I gave on this subject on 6th March to the hon. and gallant Member for Altrincham (Colonel Erroll) and the hon. Member for Clapham (Mr. Battley). I am sending a copy to the hon. Member.

Dr. Little

Will the Ministry of Food make a strong appeal to the brewers in the interests of the starving people of the world to release voluntarily a fair quota of the 819,000 tons of cereals assigned to them from the 1945 crop?

Dr. Summerskill

In answer to a similar Question last week, I explained that the distillers are no longer getting any allocation, and we have the position of the brewers under consideration.