asked the Minister of Food what extra rations, and subject to what conditions, he intends to issue to persons entertaining in their homes visitors to the Festival of Britain.
Householders in London who provide accommodation, approved by the British Travel and Holidays Association, during the Festival of Britain will be enabled to provide meals, in the same way as hotels for guests who stay for short periods. Guests who stay five nights or more will have to bring their own ration cards in the usual way. For those staying for shorter periods, householders will get ration cards in proportion to the number of meals served.
Can the right hon. Gentleman say how this concession will be restricted to visitors to this particular festival?
One of the restrictions for the moment is that the plan applies only to London. The plan has been worked out in consultation with Sir Alexander Maxwell, and we are satisfied that we have made a very helpful arrangement in the circumstances.
Why should not this scheme be extended over the rest of the country where the Festival of Britain is taking place?
We are satisfied that in most areas the hotel accommodation will be ample, but, if it is not, we shall consider extending the scheme.
What happens if the visitors give the Festival a miss after their arrival and go to cricket matches?
The same as happens to the hon. and gallant Member and myself when we go to cricket matches; they will get an extra meal on the side.
Is the appointment of any extra staff involved in this?
No, Sir. I think we can look after this with our existing staff.
Can the right hon. Gentleman remember what are the numbers of the existing staff?
There are 5,000 less than there were six months ago.