HC Deb 11 November 1947 vol 444 cc59-60W
Sir W. Smithers

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that up to August in this year parcels to the value of £737,019 have been sent from Germany to Britain and that a large proportion of these contained food; and in view of the fact that they were a drain on our dollar resources and increased Britain's liability to feed Germany, if he will take steps to stop this practice.

Mr. Mayhew

I am aware that the value of parcels despatched from Germany to the United Kingdom in the first eight months of this year was as stated by the hon. Member. No information is available as to how many parcels contained food. Food may not be purchased from German sources, so that these parcels do not entail any increase in our liability to feed Germany. Supplies in official shops are strictly limited.