HC Deb 14 December 1939 vol 355 cc1268-9
72. Sir Joseph Leech

asked the Minister of Health whether he will require that bread supplied in institutions controlled by public authorities shall be made of flour containing the wheat germ with the B series of vitamins, so that growing children in particular may not suffer from malnutrition owing to being given bread deprived of its full food value; and whether he will confer with the service authorities with a view to providing the forces of the Crown with bread containing the wheat germ?

Mr. Elliot

I have not the power to give my general direction such as my hon. Friend has in mind. As to the second part of the question, the Armed Forces are under the medical charge of highly skilled personnel who have devoted much attention to questions of dietetics, and I do not think I could usefully adopt my hon. Friend's suggestion.

Mr. De la Bère

Why does not the right hon. Gentleman tackle the combines concerned, on what has been going on? It is an absolute scandal.