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Catering Establishments (Racial Discrimination)

Volume 438: debated on Monday 9 June 1947

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asked the Minister of Food what action he is taking by withholding of permits or otherwise, against hotels and other catering establishments, such as the Burlington, Cliftonville, Margate, which attempt to discriminate against prospective customers on racial grounds.

I am sure that we all abominate such racial discrimination as that practised by the Burlington Hotel, Cliftonville, Margate. I am advised that the powers entrusted to me by way of the withholding of permits and by other action, could be, and should be used if it is shown that such racial discrimination is sufficiently widespread in any area to jeopardise the equitable distribution of foodstuffs. I am examining the situatioin Margate in this respect.