§ Mr. BRIGGS
asked the Minister of Food if he can see his way to release an increased quantity of spirits from bond before Christmas, because the basis of supply being fixed upon one year's consumption, 1916, many merchants who in that year drew less than their normal requirements now, in consequence, find themselves unable to meet the demand made upon them?928W
§ Captain BOWYER
asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware of the effect on clubs of the present restriction on the supply of whisky and gin; whether he is aware that the purchases in 1916 were small, but that now, owing to the return to civil life of old members and the influx of new ones, the membership of those clubs has considerably increased; and whether he will state the reasons which still exist for the restrictions on the particular beverages already named?
§ Mr. McCURDY
As the Food Controller has already announced, it has been decided that all restrictions on clearances of spirits from bond shall be removed forthwith.