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Civic Restaurant, Bedford (Closing)

Volume 466: debated on Monday 4 July 1949

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asked the Minister of Food what applications he has had from caterers in Bedford for the issue of increased quantities of rationed foodstuffs to meet the increased demands to which they are subject as a result of the closing of the civic restaurant.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is considerable local disquiet because a really successful experiment in public enterprise has been stopped, and can she exert any influence on the local authority to look into this matter again so that local opinion will be effectively taken into account?

I agree with my hon. Friend. I regret that this civic restaurant has been closed, but I am afraid that I have no power to influence a local authority in this matter.

Is the right hon. Lady aware that if the full implications of the hon. Gentleman's remark that local opinion should be taken into account are, in fact, implemented, there might be some difference in the Parliamentary representation?