HC Deb 27 May 1946 vol 423 cc826-7
62. Mr. Keeling

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he will arrange for shipments of rationed food from the Dominions to this country equivalent to the number of coupons surrendered there by housewives for this purpose.

Mr. Bottomley

While I am not aware of any arrangement for the surrender of food coupons by Canadian housewives, I can assure the hon. Member that the Canadian Government are fully alive to the food situation in this country, and are in constant touch with the United Kingdom authorities concerned with a view to the supply to this country of as much food as Canada can spare. As the hon. Member knows, the attitude of the Canadian authorities in this matter is uniformly generous.

Mr. Keeling

Does the hon. Gentleman's reply to the Question, which was not limited to Canada, mean that he has made inquiries of all the Dominions, and that there is no scheme by which house-wives surrender rationed foods?

Mr. Bottomley

There is one Dominion where that does happen. I will cause inquiries to be made with regard to the other suggestion.