HC Deb 20 November 1946 vol 430 cc854-5
55. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of Food why a weekly allowance of two-and-a-half tons of oats and one ton of bread is made under licence from his Department to Messrs. A. W. Tuck and Son, of Rayleigh, Essex, for the purpose of feeding mice; and if he will stop this allowance during this time of bread shortage.

Mr. Strachey

Oats and spoilt bread unfit for human consumption are supplied for mice and rats bred for medical research purposes. I am not prepared to stop the supplies needed for this important work.

Mr. Freeman

Is it not a fact that this bread has been specially made for these mice, and will the Minister see that in future only bread is allocated for this purpose which is unfit for human consumption?

Mr. Strachey

No, Sir, my hon. Friend is misinformed. All this bread is unfit for human consumption.

Mr. Marlowe

Will the right hon. Gentleman assure us that this priority is retained in view of the necessity for sustaining members of His Majesty's Government?

Major Cecil Poole

Can the Minister tell us what is the weekly bread ration for one mouse?