HC Deb 28 June 1950 vol 476 c2282
48. Mr. John Morrison

asked the Minister of Food whether he will now remove all restrictions on the receipt of food parcels from any country in the sterling area.

The Minister of Food (Mr. Maurice Webb)

I am keeping these arrangements under review to ensure that restrictions remain in force only as long as they are necessary, but I cannot lift them at present.

Mr. Keeling

Will the Minister say what reasons exist for these restrictions other than the theory that because everybody cannot have something, nobody should have it?

Mr. Webb

That is not quite the theory. We have got a balance of payments even in the sterling area, but the real reason at the moment is to prevent a few individuals with plenty of money and good contacts overseas, getting food that the ordinary people in this country cannot get.

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