HC Deb 14 July 1942 vol 381 c1069
44. Mr. Stokes

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is now able to make a statement as to the result of the consultations with his Department's medical advisers regarding the supply of condensed milk without the surrender of points to children, including premature infants, on medical grounds?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (Mr. Mabane)

As a result of the consultations referred to in my predecessor's Reply to a Question by the hon. Member for Kilmarnock (Mr. Lindsay) on 13th May, and in the light of advice received from the Special Diets Advisory Committee of the Medical Research Council, my Noble Friend has decided that there is no necessity for any special arrangements to be made for the issue of condensed milk for infants as he is satisfied that an equitable and at the same time more economic distribution of the preparation can be best achieved by consideration of individual cases of an exceptional nature which will be limited to children under 12 months. All new applications if supported by medical evidence will in future, therefore, be considered by the Special Diets Advisory Committee. All permits which have already been issued will, however, continue in force for the period for which they were granted.

Viscountess Astor

Surely it is not good for premature infants to have condensed milk?

Mr. Mabane

If the noble Lady will read the Answer, she will find that the point is covered.