HC Deb 24 July 1946 vol 426 cc12-3W
88. Mr. Teeling

asked the Minister of Food whether, in connection with his recent proposal to limit the maximum cost of providing luncheons and dinners other than in public restaurants, he will undertake to have the fullest consultations with the trade interests concerned in order to ensure that Government hospitality, diplomatic entertainment and industrial, political, scientific and other conferences and meetings shall not be prejudiced; and whether, before bringing any such restriction into force, he will give an opportunity for Parliament to consider the practicability of the scheme and its fairness.

Dr. Summerskill

The Order has been made and laid on the Table of the House. My right hon. Friend does not consider that the restriction will materially interfere with such functions or that consultations at this stage would be helpful.