HC Deb 20 November 1946 vol 430 cc852-3
51. Mr. Asterley Jones

asked the Minister of Food whether he will now permit parcels of food to be sent abroad

54. Mr. Collins

asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the food crisis in Germany, he will permit the sending, by individual British citizens, of food parcels to Germany.

Mr. Strachey

I would refer the hon. Members to my answer to the Questions asked by the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Lipson) and the hon. Member for Winchester (Mr. Jegar) on 18th November

Mr. Jones:

Will the right hon. Gentleman give us the reasons why these people who wish to make this personal sacrifice for the benefit of others should not be allowed to do so?

Mr. Strachey

No, Sir, because the matter is being reconsidered, and I hope to make a statement at an early date.

Mr. Collins

Can the right hon. Gentleman say when he will make the statement?

Mr. Strachey

At a very early date.

Mr. Kenneth Lindsay

Will the right hon. Gentleman make his statement as soon as he is able to make the statement about extra rations in this country for Christmas?

Mr. Strachey

I have no statement.

Lieut.-Commander Braithwaite

Do not be so optimistic.

Mr. Stokes

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the ever growing concern of a large number of people in this country in regard to this matter, and will he give an assurance that, if he is going to make a statement, it will be made soon and in time for Christmas?

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