HC Deb 19 July 1954 vol 530 cc973-4
35. Mrs. Castle

asked the Minister of Food in what publication he intends to make available the figures of food consumption in this country formerly published in his Department's bulletin.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (Dr. Charles Hill)

The Board of Trade Journal.

Mrs. Castle

Can the hon. Gentleman tell the House how frequently these figures will be published and whether they will be as comprehensive as those at present available in the Ministry of Food Bulletin?

Dr. Hill

It is intended that they will be of the same character as have hitherto been published. Hitherto, the full figures have been published annually. They were last published in the Ministry of Food Bulletin for 29th May and it is proposed to publish this year's figures about the same time next year in the Board of Trade Journal.

Mr. Willey

Does not this information indicate that the hon. Gentleman's Department is to be absorbed by the Board of Trade?

Dr. Hill

indicated dissent.

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