HC Deb 12 February 1941 vol 368 cc1361-2
59. Mr. J. Griffiths

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is now prepared to reconsider the decision not to allot supplementary or priority rations of certain foods to those engaged in heavy work?

Major Lloyd George

I am unaware that as a general rule there is any difficulty in obtaining the prescribed quantities of rationed food, though there may be occasional local delay on account of unforeseen circumstances, such as abnormal weather conditions. My Noble Friend has given careful consideration to the question of supplementary rations for special classes of workers, but has decided to adhere for the present to the principle of allowing the maximum possible ration for all consumers rather than a supplementary ration for particular classes at the expense of other consumers. The possibility of improving the distribution of unrationed foodstuffs is at present being closely and actively examined.

Mr. Griffiths

Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman undertake some kind of survey to discover whether, where rations are not being supplied in good quantities to heavy workers, it is having an effect upon production?