HC Deb 22 October 1942 vol 383 c2136W
Mr. Granville

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware of the fact that owing to the death of Mr. G. R. Ward, of Stradbroke, Suffolk, and because his five sons are serving in His Majesty's Forces, his widow has been left to run a large grocery, drapery and food distributing business serving a wide rural area; and whether he will consider recommending the release of the eldest son from the Forces?

Mr. Mabane

In such cases as this it is not within the province of the Ministry of Food to take into account considerations of personal hardship in making recommendations for release. The Ministry of Food may ask for the release from the Forces only of those without whom, in opinion of the Ministry of Food, the effective distribution of foodstuffs in any particular locality would be endangered. I regret that in the case to which my hon. Friend refers it would not appear that on these grounds the Ministry of Food would be justified in asking for release.