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Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 30 April 1952

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asked the Minister of Food which rationed foodstuffs he intends to de-ration.

While being heartened by the Minister's generalisations, may I ask if he does not appreciate that the statements he is repeatedly making in the country about de-rationing are apt to be very misleading, in view of the present economic position?

I do not take responsibility for what appears in the Press. I have not made any statement other than of this character at any time.

What does the right hon. and gallant Gentleman mean by "eventually"? Does he not know that he will not be there eventually?

It is not so long ago since the right hon. Gentleman asked me a similar question about tea. He asked me what did I mean, and I showed him what I meant by quite recently giving him the date.

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that he has made a good start as far as Scotland is concerned by de-controlling haggis last night?