HC Deb 30 January 1941 vol 368 c684
101. Sir Percy Hurd

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade, as representing the Ministry of Food, whether he is considering the appeal by farmworkers' organisations in Wiltshire, and other rural counties, for a fair ration of cheese, as one of the best body-building foods in conjunction with bread and beer; and whether means can be devised to grant their request?

Major Lloyd George

Cheese is distributed by the Ministry so that the different areas of the country receive supplies, so far as practicable, in proportion to their needs. My Noble Friend does not consider that cheese is a suitable commodity for rationing at this stage. As I have stated in reply to similar Questions, cheese is in short supply at present, but my Noble Friend is endeavouring to secure the maximum imports, and meanwhile he has asked the general public to reduce their consumption so that supplies of cheese will be left for those who need it.

Sir P. Hurd

Will my hon. and gallant Friend say what grounds there were for the suggestion in the Press yesterday that very shortly we are to have 100 per cent. supplies of cheese?

Major Lloyd George

I do not know that particular reference, but I do know that my Noble Friend is very hopeful that supplies will be much improved.

Mr. Thorne

Does the Minister know that a good lump of cheese with some bread is as good as any meal?