HC Deb 28 February 1940 vol 357 cc2063-4
49. Sir Joseph Leech

asked the Minister of Food whether he will assist the military authorities in their endeavour to discover the reasons for the waste of food in military camps?

58. Sir Reginald Blair

asked the Minister of Food whether he will make investigations, taking power, if necessary, to discover whether wastage of food of any description in all military and Air Force establishments is caused by the food being of inferior quality, badly cooked and/or badly served; and then advise whether more supervisory help given to messing officers would remedy these defects?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

I have been in consultation with my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for War and for Air, who are fully alive to the necessity for preventing waste of food and are closely watching the matter. I am assured that care is being taken to ensure that a high standard of cooking and meals is maintained and that there is no ground for supposing that food of inferior quality is being issued.

Viscountess Astor

Would my right hon. Friend consider what we did in the last war to prevent this position arising? We had a very good system.

Mr. Morrison

Yes, Sir, that is being considered.

Viscountess Astor

Five months late.

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