HC Deb 26 January 1948 vol 446 cc637-8
7. Colonel J. R. H. Hutchison

asked the Minister of Food whether he is now in a position to allow prewar consumers of commodities, including oils, under the control of his Ministry whose businesses closed down during the war owing to their absence with the Forces to get an allocation of the materials which are necessary for their businesses to function.

Mr. Strachey

My Department has been doing this since 1943. In fact, for retail and catering licences we are ending the arrangements on 29th February because all those eligible should by then have had a chance to apply. If the hon. Member has any specific case of hardship in mind and will send me details, I shall be glad to look into it.