HC Deb 07 July 1948 vol 453 c375
55. Mr. McFarlane

asked the Minister of Food whether it is with his authority that employers in Glasgow have been asked to give facilities for the weighing and measuring of their employees under a Ministry of Food Survey.

Dr. Summerskill

Yes, Sir. This survey has been operating since 1943. At that time several panels were set up comprising groups of housewives and workers in industry who were prepared to record their weight at quarterly intervals, and three of these panels are still in operation.

Mr. McFarlane

Is not the Minister aware that this letter is directed particularly to employers to provide facilities for this measuring and weighing? How can the Minister possibly justify such expenditure of labour and materials, as well as the intrusion upon the time of both employers and employees?

Dr. Summerskill

I would remind the hon. Gentleman that this scheme was devised by the Coalition Government.

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