HC Deb 03 November 1947 vol 443 c1323
27. Sir Frank Sanderson

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware of the grave shortage of babies' foods, which has been accentuated by the cutting down of their milk rations by one pint per week; and whether he will consider what steps can be taken to make it impossible for unauthorised persons to obtain these foods.

Dr. Summerskill

We are doing all we can to maintain the supply of proprietary infant foods, and my right hon. Friend has recently made an Order which should ensure that these foods are only bought for children of under two years of age.

Sir F. Sanderson

Is the hon. Lady aware of the grave anxiety caused to countless mothers in the country due to the shortage of children's foods, and will she see whether it is not possible to take steps to ensure that such supplies are available for the purpose for which they are intended?

Dr. Summerskill

Yes, I am fully aware of that, and I regret that certain people have used baby food in the past for cooking purposes. Now, however, as a result of this Order, I think mothers will be assured of that food.