HC Deb 16 October 1946 vol 427 c890
52. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Minister of Food whether the B.B.C. have a catering licence at Broadcasting House, Langham Place; how many visits his inspectors have made there; on what dates and with what results; and if he is satisfied that the rationing regulations are being complied with at this institution.

Dr. Summerskill

The B.B.C. Broadcasting House, Langham Place, is licensed as a catering establishment. Inspections made in May, 1943, and July, 1946, showed the recording of meals and of purchases of foods to be excellent. My right hon. Friend is satisfied that rationing regulations are complied with.

Sir W. Smithers

Is the hon. Lady aware that on my one visit there, so far as I could tell, the regulations were being flagrantly broken?

Dr. Summerskill

If the hon. Gentleman is referring to the infringement of the Bread Order, I would remind him that that Order was made the day before he visited the B.B.C., and probably the B.B.C. were not then aware of the regulation.

Mr. McGovern

Is it not a strange proceeding for Conservatives to want more snoopers?