HC Deb 09 May 1944 vol 399 c1738W
Mr. Hutchinson

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Warfare whether he has considered the copy of a resolution, passed by a number of ministers of the Free Churches in Ilford and sent to him, urging the Government to reconsider their policy concerning the supply of limited quantities of vitamins and milk concentrate for children and nursing mothers in certain countries, subject to the requisite assurances as to control being obtainable; and whether he is able to make any statement regarding this matter.

Mr. Foot

I have considered this petition. While His Majesty's Government have every sympathy with the desire to relieve distress in enemy-occupied countries we remain of opinion that the advantage, direct or indirect, which the enemy would derive from any relaxation of the blockade would outweigh the advantage to our friends. Moreover, there will in the near future be strong operational objections to projects of this kind.