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Volume 476: debated on Wednesday 28 June 1950

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asked the Minister of Food whether he will now remove all restrictions on the receipt of food parcels from any country in the sterling area.

I am keeping these arrangements under review to ensure that restrictions remain in force only as long as they are necessary, but I cannot lift them at present.

Will the Minister say what reasons exist for these restrictions other than the theory that because everybody cannot have something, nobody should have it?

That is not quite the theory. We have got a balance of payments even in the sterling area, but the real reason at the moment is to prevent a few individuals with plenty of money and good contacts overseas, getting food that the ordinary people in this country cannot get.