§ 47. Sir W. ESSEX
asked the Prime Minister whether, to prepare against any 1999 possible contingency of temporary shortage in any food supplies, he has taken any tentative measures or advice as to the laying down of a national food rations system?
The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of FOOD CONTROL (Captain Bathurst)
My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply. The Food Controller several weeks ago appointed a Committee to consider this subject and to collect all available information. A scheme for compulsory rationing has been proposed which can be put into operation if the necessity arises.