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Volume 436: debated on Thursday 24 April 1947

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asked the Minister of Food what steps the Government are taking to mitigate the anticipated food shortage in this country in the next six months; and if he is yet in a position to lay before the House a White Paper giving a survey of the food position in this country for 1947.

There has, of course, been an acute world food shortage for over a year now. The hon. Member may rest assured that my right hon. Friend has done and will continue to do all he can to reduce its effect upon this country. He will issue a White Paper when he thinks it advisable.