HC Deb 23 October 1946 vol 427 c365W
71. Mr. Eccles

asked the Minister of Food whether he will make a statement giving the stocks of tea in this country on the latest date available and on the corresponding date a year ago and in 1938; the monthly consumption during the period between the two dates to which the stock figures for this year and last year refer; and the estimated production of tea during this year in the sterling area and outside the sterling area.

Mr. Strachey

So long as the Government remain a bulk purchaser of tea, it would not be in the national interest that I should give the figures in regard to stocks for which the hon. Member asks. The

Licences granted up to 15th September, 1946 To ex-traders and disabled people. To applicants who are neither ex-traders nor disabled. Total
Ex-Servicemen. Others
From V.E. Day (8th May, 1945) England 2,407 1,589 3,127 7,123
Wales 92 74 240 406
Scotland 214 95 241 550
Great Britain 2,713 1,758 3,608 8,079
From V.J. Day (15th August, 1945). England 2,291 1,376 2,622 6,289
Wales 91 66 224 381
Scotland 201 85 212 498
Great Britain 2,583 1,527 3,058 7,168