HC Deb 16 October 1946 vol 427 cc892-3
63. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Minister of Food what action he proposes to take in view of the resolution of the Kingston-upon-Thames Food Control Committee relating to extra allocation of rations for tubercular patients which was forwarded to him on 13th September.

Dr. Summerskill

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to a similar Question put by the hon. and gallant Member for Dumfries (Major N. Macpherson) on 31st July, 1946, of which I will send him a copy.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

In view of the fact that this recommendation has also been made by several food control committees, including that of Battersea, and in view of the fact that medical opinion nearly as eminent as that of the hon. Lady herself regards the food ration for tubercular persons as quite inadequate, will she appoint a committee which is independent of the Ministry to consider this?

Dr. Summerskill

I am afraid that the hon. Member is under a misapprehension. He does not appreciate that the most eminent opinion in this country in the Medical Research Council has advised against this grant.