HC Deb 19 February 1918 vol 103 c616

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether consideration has been given to a communication addressed to him by the Town Clerk of Deptford on behalf of a number of railway engine drivers and firemen, who are liable to what is known as "double-end" duty, involving absence from home for thirty-six hours, and who, having to provide themselves with food for that period, are at present unable to make such necessary provision; and, if so, will he state the result of such consideration?


The Food Controller has received the communication referred to, and has also received representations on the same subject from other sources. He hopes that the introduction of local rationing schemes will in part remedy the difficulties in question. He understands that the railway companies are themselves taking the matter up, and he is issuing a circular to food control committees calling attention to the necessity of making provision in special cases in which rail-waymen away from home find difficulty in securing necessary food.

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