Stale Bread (Exhibition)

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons am 12:00 am ar 31 Hydref 1949.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge , Bedford 12:00, 31 Hydref 1949

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that a Conservative Party office in the borough of Poole is exhibiting real loaves of bread, now stale and uneatable, as a part of a party political advertisement; and whether, in view of the fact that the use of bread for purposes other than human consumption is illegal, he will prosecute those responsible.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

Yes, Sir, I am informed that these loaves were stale when purchased and will eventually not be wasted. No offence against the Waste of Food Order has been committed.

Photo of Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge , Bedford

As far as the information given to my right hon. Friend is concerned, is not that rather a "get out," for since this Question was put down these loaves have been hollowed out? Is not that symbolical of the hollowness and sham of the Tory Party's programme?

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

That is consistent with what we have been told. We were told that the bread would be made into breadcrumbs.

Photo of Sir John Langford-Holt Sir John Langford-Holt , Shrewsbury

Will the right hon. Lady give some of the poor Conservative associations some cheese to go with the bread?

Colonel Wheatley:

Does not the right hon. Lady agree that this is another instance of Socialists not liking the electors to know the truth?