HC Deb 04 December 1946 vol 431 cc336-7
61. Mr. Keeling

asked the Minister of Food whether, before milk supplies improve, he will reconsider the allocation, after such improvement, of a larger ration to persons over 70 years of age than to younger persons.

Dr. Summerskill

My medical advisers have given careful consideration to this question, but have been unable to recommend that the claim of old people for extra milk should be allowed while a low non-priority allowance is necessary. Certain reports following last night's Adjournment Debate were, therefore,' more optimistic than was warranted by anything I said, but I am prepared to consider again whether anything can be done to make things easier for elderly people.

Mr. Keeling

Will the hon. Lady give an assurance that that consideration will have some result, negative or positive, before the supplies increase?

Dr. Summerskill

I should not like to make any promises.

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