§ Sir J. Mellor
asked the Minister of Food how many British Restaurants have been closed; what is the estimated capital loss; and what portion of the loss will fall on the Exchequer.
§ Colonel Llewellin
Up to 31st December, 1943, 115 British Restaurants and 142 other feeding centres have been closed. Excluding 64 centres under the control of the London County Council included in the latter figure, the cost of adaptation of premises for the 193 closed centres was approximately£50,000. Particulars in respect of the L.C.C. centres are not available, but it is known that little expenditure was incurred in adapting buildings. The equipment from the closed centres has been or will generally be transferred for use in other British Restaurants. It is not at present possible to estimate the amount of the capital loss which will fall on public funds.