HC Deb 12 July 1944 vol 401 cc1735-6
46. Mr. Reakes

asked the Minister of Food whether, in order to give comfort to people staying in Southern England, he will authorise an increase in the tea ration to those who desire this concession.

Colonel Llewellin

We already make adequate provisions of tea for use both in shelters and from mobile canteens, but the supply position does not enable me to adopt the hon. Member's suggestion.

Mr. Reakes

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that his failure to supply the human touch in dealing with this human problem will be received with keen disappointment, not only in the Metropolitan areas, but throughout the country, by people who appreciate what this problem is to householders who are always generous to people who suffer?

Colonel Llewellin

There is no lack of the human touch. We are providing tea in the shelters and by mobile canteens at the sites of any of these incidents. I have not enough tea, without reducing other people's rations, to do what the hon. Member would like.