HC Deb 26 January 1948 vol 446 c639
13. Mr. Marlowe

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that Mr. F. Simmonds of 27, Montefiore Road, Hove, invested his war service gratuity in the purchase of a business at that address registered by the local authority for the manufacture and sale of ice-cream; that the Ministry has now refused him a permit to acquire the necessary ingredients; and why the regulation made in 1940 relating to a cancellation of the allocation on a business changing hands cannot now be modified to meet such cases.

Mr. Strachey

I understand that Mr. Simmonds has purchased a general business and sells newspapers, stationery, fancy goods, tobacco and sweets. He also runs a lending library. No rationed foods have been authorised to this business for ice-cream making since control was introduced in 1940, so the last part of the Question does not arise.

Mr. Marlowe

Does the right hon. Gentleman recollect that he wrote to me about this case, stating the reasons why this transfer could not take place on account of a ruling in 1940? May I ask him, in view of the fact that these premises were originally registered for the sale of ice-cream, why that registration cannot be continued when an ex-Service man takes them over?

Mr. Strachey

I do not think we can go back to before 1940 in this case.