HC Deb 24 July 1940 vol 363 c825W
Mr. Walkden

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that the firm of Duncans, Limited, who own several shops in South Shields, announced by handbills, posters and by messages to their customers the exact particulars of the rationing of tea several hours before the Minister's public statement of his intentions; has the source of this leakage of confidential information been traced; what action has been taken against the person perpetrating this breach of confidence; and what steps have been taken to prevent a repetition?

Mr. Boothby

I am informed that the firm referred to announced certain details of tea rationing in advance of my Noble Friend's broadcast. Inquiries as to the source of the leakage have not yet been completed.