HC Deb 11 February 1941 vol 368 c1230W
Captain McEwen

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the widespread discontent which exists among the shopkeepers in many of the smaller burghs of Scotland because canteens run by such bodies as the Young Mens' Christian Association and the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes are able to procure supplies of tobacco and similar requisites in large quantities, those bodies having no rent or taxes to meet while they themselves are unable to secure enough of these commodities even to carry on their businesses; and whether any steps will be taken to remedy this injustice?

Mr. Lyttelton

The larger tobacco manufacturers have recently reviewed the question of supplies to the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes and the Y.M.C.A., in consultation with the tobacco controller. An agreed arrangement has been reached under which these supplies will be reduced whilst allowing adequate quantities of tobacco for the forces.