HC Deb 12 March 1951 vol 485 cc1060-1
48. Mr. Keeling

asked the Lord President of the Council whether, in advertising the Festival of Britain abroad, he will state that, while visitors will get their share of rationed food, they are invited to bring as much food as possible with them; and whether he will increase, during the Festival, the maximum quantity which each passenger may bring in, namely, 50 pounds weight in all and 10 pounds of any one food, except from the Republic of Ireland, whence only seven and two pounds respectively may be imported.

Mr. H. Morrison

No, Sir. The hon. Member is mistaken if he is under the impression that the advertising campaigns of the Festival of Britain Office make any reference to food.

Mr. Keeling

I presume that the right hon. Gentleman has been asked to reply. As the best that the Minister of Food was able to say during the weekend was that our food supplies will not get worse, and surely we want as much food in this country as possible, what is the objection to removing these maximum quantities?

Mr. Morrison

I think that it would be rather undignified to suggest that visitors to this country should bring their own food. I notice that both in television and the Press very elaborate advice is given to ladies at the present time as to how they can slim, because the food supplies are making them too—otherwise.