HC Deb 01 May 1947 vol 436 c2144
2. Mr. William Shepherd

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether the special foods, etc., which are now made available to miners, are still allocated to a miner who voluntary absents himself from duty during the course of any week.

Mr. Shinwell

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Shepherd

Is the Minister asking the House to believe that a miner who works four days a week is entitled to more food than a man in another heavy industry working 5½ days a week?

Mr. Shinwell

It is very difficult to discriminate. This has been provided for miners in general. It is quite impossible to make exceptions.

Mr. Thomas Brown

Is the Minister aware that Members of Parliament get the same food on Saturday and Sunday when they are not working as they do on any other day of the week?

Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

Can we ask that the Opposition should at least use the King's English in phrasing their Questions henceforward?