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Premises, Winchester (Food Officer's Visit)

Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 24 March 1943

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food the reasons for the action of a food officer in entering premises at 36, Jewry Street, Winchester, on 2nd December last, at a time when the manager was absent and there was only present a girl aged 15 who, despite her protests, was intimidated by the action of the food officer and his colleagues and induced to allow them to enter private premises adjoining; why the food officer did not produce any authority for his action in seeking to examine the contents of the premises visited; and whether he has any statement to make?

I regret that I have not had time to complete the necessary inquiries in this case. I will communicate with my hon. Friend on the subject as soon as possible.