HC Deb 02 February 1949 vol 460 c234W
66. Major Legge-Bourke

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that food parcels containing scarce and rationed foods may be ordered in the U.S.A. to be sent to residents in Great Britain; that such parcels are made up in Great Britain by British firms from United Kingdom stocks; and what steps he is taking to prevent this remotely controlled black market.

Mr. Strachey

The arrangement for authorised firms to send parcels of food from their export quota to people in this country provided that the parcel is ordered from abroad and paid for in hard currency, has my approval. There is nothing remotely resembling a black market about it. These transactions earn dollars for us as effectively as exports—and in addition the food is eaten here.