HC Deb 06 March 1946 vol 420 c72W
95. Mr. Foot

asked the Minister of Food what reduction in food stocks held in this country has been made since December, 1945.

Dr. Summerskill

The reduction in Ministry owned and controlled stocks of food and feeding-stuffs between end-December, 1945, and end-February, 1946, is provisionally estimated at 650,000 tons. My hon. Friend will, I am sure, realise that stock levels are always liable to seasonal fluctuations, and it would be misleading to draw inferences from short-term changes.