HC Deb 27 May 1946 vol 423 cc127-8W
47. Mr. J. Freeman

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he is aware that in the French zone of Germany there are some 40,000,000 litres of wine in store; that in Berlin and the Soviet zone the Soviet authorities are using potatoes, including seed potatoes, for distilling potable spirits for the Red Army; and whether he will cause this matter to be raised on a quadrupartite level in order to assure a more equitable distribution of food.

Mr. J. Hynd

I understand that there are considerable quantities of wine in store in the French zone but I cannot confirm that potatoes are being used for distilling potable spirits in the Russian zone. We are already discussing with our Allies in Berlin how best to secure, in accordance with the Potsdam Protocol, a more equitable distribution of the economic resources of the country as a whole.

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