HC Deb 26 January 1948 vol 446 cc634-5
3. Mrs. Ayrton Gould

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that tinned foodstuffs on points are almost exclusively sold in tins too large to be bought by people living alone; and if he will take steps to see that in future a proportion of all such foodstuffs are packed in small tins containing individual portions.

Mr. Strachey

I should like to do this, but tin plate is the main difficulty.

Mrs. Ayrton Gould

Would it not be possible for a certain amount of meat to be put up in small portions, because at present, if a consumer buys a tin of meat, it costs many points and is sufficient to last one person more than a week until he is sick of the sight of it?

Mr. Strachey

I realise the difficulty, but we must not get into the position where the quantities of tinned food are limited by the supply of tin plate. We might easily find ourselves in that position.