HC Deb 03 April 1950 vol 473 cc835-6
10. Mr. Gooch

asked the Minister of Food if he will arrange to have supplies of points goods available at shops in the rural areas suitable for farm workers at the busy seasons on the farms.

Mr. S. N. Evans

Many of the foods covered by the points scheme are now fairly plentiful in all parts of the country. I regret I cannot promise that rural areas will be given a preferential share of any particular food. The Ministry's regional and local food officers will, however, be very willing to assist in overcoming any individual difficulties which may arise.

Mr. Gooch

Does my hon. Friend realise that it is necessary to have points goods suitable for farm workers in villages at certain seasons in the year? Will he look into this matter again, because it is rather important to the countryside?

Mr. Evans

I will look into the matter, but I would point out that all grocers are able to carry stocks which have regard to the consideration my hon. Friend has raised.

Lady Tweedsmuir

When does the Minister hope to make a statement on the possible ending of the points rationing scheme?

Brigadier Medlicott

Is the hon. Gentleman aware there is a real difficulty about the annual shortage of extra points goods, and that it would be greatly appreciated if he could do better this year than has been done in the past?

Mr. Turton

Will the Minister give the same preference to the agricultural areas as is given to the mining areas?

Lady Tweedsmuir

Could the Parliamentary Secretary say whether there is any truth in the rumour that the Minister intends to end points rationing?

Mr. Evans

It would be quite wrong for me to anticipate any ministerial statement.

Captain Crookshank

Are we to take it, then, that reports this morning of speeches by the Minister have no foundation in fact?

Mr. De la Bère

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