HC Deb 20 February 1941 vol 369 c311W
Mr. Denville

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food, whether he is aware that although fried fish, especially in the large industrial towns, is regarded as a staple article of cheap popular food, fish friers suffer through preferential supplies of cooking fats being granted to restaurant and cafe proprietors on the ground that they are classed as caterers, whereas his Department does not so regard fried-fish dealers; and why this view is held when the Ministry of Labour, for military purposes, does regard such fish friers as caterers?

Major Lloyd George

Restaurants and cafes are not granted any preferential treatment in the supply of cooking fats as compared with fish friers. Dripping and oil are rationed to fish friers, but their demands have priority.