HC Deb 10 December 1941 vol 376 cc1548-9W
Mr. Groves

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he will state the personnel of the committee responsible for the allocation of oranges for the East End of London; the quantity available for distribution in and to Stratford and West Ham, generally; whether such proportions have been complied with; and whether he is satisfied that areas badly treated by the enemy have received their adequate share of oranges?

Major Lloyd George

Supplies of oranges are distributed in all districts throughout the United Kingdom in accordance with the provisions of the children's reservation scheme for oranges. The allocations are, therefore, based on the child population for each district, and I am satisfied that Stratford and West Ham are receiving their fair share. Retailers in the Metropolitan Area may draw supplies from a wholesaler in any of the London Central Markets. There is, therefore, no committee responsible, as my hon. Friend suggests, for the allocation of oranges for the East End of London. I am, however, sending to him the names of the five Allocation Committees in the Metropolitan Area and of the Central Committee which co-ordinates their activities.

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