§ 57. Mr. Low
asked the Minister of Food why he has refused during the ration period 23rd April to 13th August to issue to residential catering establishments permits enabling them to buy bacon during that period up to the total consumed in their establishments in the same period in 1949 but in such weekly amounts as are required to meet holiday demands.
§ Mr. F. Willey
My right hon. Friend is looking into the possibility of giving catering establishments greater freedom to vary their purchases with fluctuations of the holiday season, bearing in mind that bacon has to be supplied to wholesalers and retailers on a regular weekly basis.
§ Mr. Willey
This may be an old problem, but it is also a difficult one, for we are dealing with perishable commodities and we have to take into account the position of the retailer.
§ Mr. Keeling
Will the Parliamentary Secretary say whether in future the Labour Party will hold its annual conference outside those months so that its members may enjoy——
Will the hon. Gentleman allow residential catering establishments which are sufficiently enterprising to keep pigs with their own swill, to retain a larger proportion of the bacon for their visitors instead of handing the whole lot over as at present?