HC Deb 06 July 1948 vol 453 cc197-8
44. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider abandoning the system under which commodities are allocated, whenever a substantial proportion of prewar supplies of any commodity is available.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

It is the policy of His Majesty's Government to abandon allocations of commodities as soon as the supply situation permits.

Mr. De la Bère

But is the Prime Minister aware of the great frustration to initiative and commercial enterprise of any allocations which go on after they are no longer needed; and does he not realise it is very important that they should be got rid of at the earliest possible opportunity?

The Prime Minister

The hon. Member and I are in complete agreement.

Mr. De la Bère

I am very glad indeed to hear it. Well done.