HC Deb 01 March 1917 vol 90 c2168W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food if he is aware of the fact that, notwithstanding the Order of the Food Controller prohibiting the sale of spirits in Orkney and Shetland, large quantities are delivered daily by the Post Office, causing drunkenness and shebeening; and if he will bring before the Food Controller the urgency of issuing an Order more in accordance with the justice of the case—namely, absolute prohibition?


I have been asked to-answer this question. The Order to which the hon. Member refers was made by the Central Control Board (Liquor Traffic) and not by the Food Controller. I understand that the question of the importation of spirits into areas in which their sale and supply is prohibited is being carefully watched by the Board. I shall be glad if my right hon. Friend will give me any definite information that he has obtained as to evasions of the Order.