HC Deb 07 July 1948 vol 453 c377
56. Mr. Gammans

asked the Minister of Food what is the estimated cost of the "Wash Now" campaign; and if it is proposed to increase the ration of soap to enable the advice given to be put into effect.

Dr. Summerskill

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the British Tourists and Holidays Board's campaign to improve hygiene in catering establishments. The first part of the Question is therefore, a matter for my right hon. Friend, the President of the Board of Trade. I regret that it is not possible to increase the soap ration, but I hope that catering establishments will take up their full ration and will make every effort to maintain a high standard of cleanliness in their businesses.

Mr. Gammans

Can the Minister say whether the advice to wash more often has been sent to Government Departments, including the Ministry of Fuel and Power?

Dr. Segal

Can the Minister say whether, even if the soap ration were increased by a substantial amount, the hands of the Tory Party would ever be clean?

Mr. Keeling

Can the Minister say how much of the revenue of the Tourist Board comes from the pockets of the taxpayer and ratepayer?