19 JUNE 1947, Page 16

Sts,—In a letter in your issue of 6th inst., it

is stated that " subscriptions tent to Friends Relief Society . . . can be received for immediate purchase of food for Germany." On the other hand, we are assured that the meagre rations in Germany are due to a world shortage of food. please explain how it is that the Friends can buy•food to supplement rations, if our

[Parcels are made up from small Government surpluses of some foods— surpluses too small to permit of a general increase in the ration concerned in either Germany or this country.—Echtor, THE SPECTATOR.]