HC Deb 27 June 1919 vol 117 cc504-5W

asked the Food Controller if he is aware that the inadequate supply of beer at the present time to meet the demand of the working classes is causing serious discontent and unrest; and whether ho is prepared to sanction an increase in the output and issue orders to the brewers that the supplies should be more evenly distributed, special care being given to the remote rural districts?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The question of sanctioning an increase in the output of beer has been fully considered by the Government during the Recess, and I expect to be able to make an announcement shortly. I may, however, state that the increase recently sanctioned practically exhausts the materials available until after next harvest. Special care is already being given to the needs of rural districts, but in some cases difficulties of transport have rendered equal distribution impossible.

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