HC Deb 27 May 1941 vol 371 c1730W
Mr. Mainwaring

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food what principle or basis of distribution is laid down for the various Departments of the Food Ministry, and for wholesalers, in the allocation of supplies of various rationed and controlled commodities to traders throughout the country?

Major Lloyd George

In the case of rationed foods other than tea, distribution is based upon the number of registered customers served by retailers and supplies to wholesalers are adjusted accordingly. In the case of tea, distribution is on the basis of the supplies received by retailers in the period immediately prior to rationing and adjustments are made to meet subsequent changes of population. Unrationed foodstuffs are in general being distributed on the basis of the bulk of pre-war trade but allowance is made where possible for changes in population.

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