HC Deb 25 October 1939 vol 352 c1413W
Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he is aware that in some areas retailers of bacon, butter, and lard are unable to purchase a sufficient supply; and can he devise means of acquainting consumers of this position, so as to prevent blame being attached to the retailers?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

Owing to irregularity in arrivals in the early weeks of the war, it was not possible for a time to release in all cases sufficient deliveries of bacon, butter and lard to meet the rate of consumption, which has been above the average. Alternative materials have usually been available. The position has now improved. Opportunities have been taken through the usual publicity channels to explain the position, which I believe is generally well understood, and this practice will be continued.