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Co-Operative Society Tea Party, Hitchin

Volume 411: debated on Wednesday 13 June 1945

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asked the Minister of Food if any additional allocation of food was given to the Letchworth, Hitchin and District Co-operative Society for a special tea party given at Hitchin town hall on 9th June; and, if not, whether he will have inquiries made as to where the food was obtained.

The answer to the first part of the Question is "No, Sir." The normal supplies of food available to a catering establishment were used on the occasion to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers.

Has my right hon. and gallant Friend had any protest from the local traders on this subject.

It is the ordinary practice that catering establishments provide teas if they are allowed to do so. That is why they are catering establishments.

Does this Question not demonstrate that if you want more food you should join the local co-operative society?

I do not think it demonstrates that at all. What it demonstrates is that this co-operative society was working completely within the rules, but it does not mean that other caterers could not have provided this tea.

Was there any tinge of propaganda attached to that supplementary question?