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Food Parcels, Gibraltar

Volume 481: debated on Wednesday 22 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that tea, chocolate and other rationed goods, and unrationed, are being offered by firms in Gibraltar to housewives in Britain at high prices; and what steps he proposes to take to counter this method of evading fair shares.

Yes. I am aware of this situation. I can—and will—prosecute people in this country who offend against the Food Rationing Regulations by purchasing these food parcels, but I have no power to prevent traders in Gibraltar from encouraging them to do so. As my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade explained yesterday, however, the Colonial Office have sought the assistance of the Governor of Gibraltar in bringing this ramp to an end.