3 OCTOBER 1947, Page 17


SIR,—On giving my grocery order last week, I was told that the following articles were unobtainable: sultanas, sardines, scrubbing soap, soap flakes, Worcester sauce, custard powder, salad cream, biscuits, currants, lemons, evaporated milk, matches and Brasso. I said it would be easier for me to shop if the grocer would tell me what he had. " Look here! " he said, pointing to his shelves, where I found rows and rows of stuffed olives, seemingly hundreds of bottles. Comment, perhaps, is superfluous, but, Sir, why do we have a Minister of Food ?—Yours sincerely,