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Civic Restaurants

Volume 476: debated on Friday 30 June 1950

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asked the Minister of Food how many civic restaurants were in existence in 1946, 1947, 1948 and 1949; whether he is aware that some are now closing through trading losses, and whether, in view of their value to the community,

CommodityTotal profit in year to 31st March, 1946Total profit in year to 31st March, 1947Total profit in year to 31st March, 1948Total profit in year to 31st March, 1949
£m.£m.£m.£m.
Canned fish0·40·91·5
Canned fruit and vegetables0·42·00·4
Coffee0·40·70·40·4
Cocoa0·60·20·91·6
Fish0·70·7
Fresh fruit and fruit pulp1·71·46·23·5
Edible oils and fats (other than for domestic use)7·65·7
Rice0·30·70·60·6
Manufactured foods0·1
Dehydrated vegetables0·20·1
Starch0·2
Edible pulses0·3
Canned meat0·82·20·2
Sugar (other than for domestic use)3·22·81·4
Poultry and rabbits0·70·3
Milk powder0·50·2
Condensed milk0·1
Edible nuts1·80·5
Dried fruits0·5
Egg products (other than for domestic use)1·30·5
4·88·028·017·6

he will take steps in conjunction with local authorities for inquiries to be made into the reasons for the lack of patronage and steps taken if possible to encourage the public to use them.

The number of civic restaurants operating was: At 5th January, 1946, 1,373; 1st February, 1947, 1,176; 3rd January, 1948, 773; 31st January, 1949 678; 15th January, 1950, 535. I know that some are closing down for financial reasons; but while I am in full agreement with my hon. Friend about their value to the community I think these are matters in which we must leave the public a free choice.