HC Deb 19 February 1947 vol 433 cc1184-5
66. Mr. Janner

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that persons with an amputated leg who are permitted the extra ration of soap are obliged, when applying for additional supplies, to produce a certificate to the effect that the leg is off; and whether this formality will now be dispensed with.

Dr. Summerskill

I am glad to be able to assure the hon. Member that no one with an amputated limb is required to produce a certificate before obtaining the extra ration of soap.

Mr. Janner

But will my hon. Friend look into the case in respect of which there has been some correspondence in the Press recently, in which the production of a certificate that the leg was still off was demanded?

Dr. Summerskill

If the hon. Gentleman is referring to the case of Mr. Russell —I believe his letter was in the "Daily Telegraph"—my Department have already looked into that case. I can assure him that no official in the local food office at Kensington has said that he asked for the certificate.