HC Deb 20 November 1946 vol 430 cc107-8W
65. Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Food if, in view of the prolongation of bread rationing, with consequent dislocation of the points-rationing scheme, he will limit the availability of points obtained by the exchange of bread rationing coupons to ensure that all consumers can get their due share of biscuits, syrup, dried fruits and other popular foods.

Mr. Strachey

I cannot agree that the exchange of bread units for points has dislocated the points rationing scheme. We have already made two B.Us. exchangeable for one point.

Major Bramall

asked the Minister of Food if he will arrange for a more adequate distribution of points goods to Bexley, Bexleyheath and Welling, where such goods are hard to obtain.

Mr. Strachey

My inquiries show that consumers in Bexley, Bexleyheath and Welling are able to spend the whole of their points allowance and that traders in the area obtain a fair share of supplies. The Ministry has, however, already released extra supplies to rebuild retailers' stocks and the consequent improvement in supplies should be noticeable during the next week or so, in Bexley and the neighbouring districts as well as in the rest of the country.