§ 36. Mr. Stokes
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what was the daily calorie value of the called up ration in each of the six weeks ending 17th 188 January, 1948, in the Provinces of North-Rhine-Westphalia and Hamburg, respectively.
§ Following is the reply:
|Normal Consumers' Ration.||North Rhine Westphalia||Hamburg|
|Week ending:||Calories per day.||Calories per day.|
|14th Dec. 1947||…||1,366||1,456|
|21st Dec. 1947||…||1,366||1,369|
|28th Dec. 1947||…||1,261||1,317|
|4th Jan, 1948||…||1,106||1,317|
|11th Jan. 1948||…||1,242||1,438|
|18th Jan. 1948||…||1,071||1,276|
§ The ration level quoted above applies to approximately one-third of the whole non-farm population of North Rhine-Westphalia and Hamburg. Supplementary rations issued to workers of various categories, and pregnant women and nursing mothers, raise the average ration level of the non-farm population by about 300 calories. It is hoped that the ration figure for the present week in North Rhine-Westphalia and Hamburg will be somewhat higher.
§ 37. Mr. Stokes
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the estimate of the daily calorie value of the monthly ration to be called up in each of the four months ending 31st May, 1948, in the Provinces of North-Rhine-Westphalia and Hamburg, respectively.
No recommendations have yet been received from the German Administration in Frankfurt for the ration call-up after 1st February, 1948, as the quantities of indigenous and imported foodstuffs available cannot yet be assessed. Everything possible is being done to restore and maintain throughout this quarter the ration level in force before the recent food crisis.
§ Mr. Stokes
Is my right hon. Friend aware that, before the recent crisis, and despite the promised 1,550 basis of 189 calories, the rations were down to 1,200, and, in some districts, are now expected to go down to 950? What is he going to do about it?
I must say in our defence that we and the Americans have fulfilled exactly the undertakings we gave about imported food. As the hon. Gentleman knows, the difference has been due to faults in the collection of indigenous foods, and we cannot really do more by long-term planning than we have done. My right hon. Friend and my noble Friend are in consultation at this moment.
§ Mr. Stokes
But is my right hon. Friend aware that that is not correct, and that, in fact, we have not lived up to our promises, but have kept on saying that the rations would be kept up to 1,550 when they have not been for over a year?
§ Mr. Piratin
In view of the fact that the former Chancellor of the Duchy informed the House a year ago about this problem, what steps has the Minister taken to collect all the grain and other foods which are abundant in the country but which are in the hands of black marketeers?
We are taking some steps in regard to the German problem which I gather have not yet had the approval of the hon. Gentleman.