HC Deb 21 February 1902 vol 103 c733

The House is already aware that proposals have been accepted which are intimately concerned with the sailor's victuals. The effect of these will be to give to the food of the sailor more variety and to make the official opportunities for obtaining it more frequent than before. There has been no ground for the complaint which which has been made—but not in well-informed quarters—that the food of the sailor was unsatisfactory in quality. But there has been a complaint — and I honestly believe that it was well founded—that, in view of the present-day standards, the food of the sailor was neither sufficiently varied nor given to him in a form sufficiently attractive to make him feel that he was receiving the advantages to which the general advance in the standards of comfort and living entitled him. Hon. Members have probably read the Report of the Victualling Committee, and we may have to discuss it, but no one will doubt that the general tendency of the Report, when its recommendations are carried out, will be greatly to ameliorate the condition of the sailor in regard to his food.

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