HC Deb 25 January 1940 vol 356 cc768-9
45. Mr. David Adams

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the Government's appeal for the need for sacrifices by the less well-to-do sections of the population, he will give an assurance that all stocks of necessary consumable goods are being built up so that such hardships will in no way undermine the health and morale of the people, and thus not only endanger our war effort but deprive us of the possibilities of a healthy recovery after the war?

The Prime Minister (Mr. Chamberlain)

The health and nutrition of the less well-to-do section of the population are constantly in the mind of the Government. As regards necessary consumable foodstuffs it is the Government's aim to build up and maintain adequate stocks.

Mr. Adams

May I take it that the Prime Minister is keeping well before him the fact that the less well-to-do section of the community is already suffering because of the rise in the cost of living?

The Prime Minister

That seems to be a rather different point.

Mr. J. Griffiths

Since the welfare of the unemployed and the poorer section of the people is in the mind of the Government, are they now considering whether in the interests of those people the means test might be removed?

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