HC Deb 22 January 1942 vol 377 cc434-5W
Mr. Mander

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food why his Department do not anticipate that British Restaurants will be continued after the war?

Major Lloyd George

The main function of the Ministry of Food is to see that the people of this country are adequately fed. For this purpose my Noble Friend has been given wide powers under the Defence Regulations. In the exercise of these powers he has brought a large number of British Restaurants into existence. It will be for Parliament at the time to decide which, if any, of the existing activities of the Ministry of Food should continue when the present temporary powers expire. In the meantime my Noble Friend sees no reason to anticipate the decision which may be reached at that time.