HC Deb 21 June 1948 vol 452 cc938-9
41. Mr. Keeling

asked the Minister of Food whether he will now cancel the regulation which counts bread as a course at a meal.

Dr. Summerskill

I am afraid I cannot add to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Louth (Mr. Osborne) on 12th May.

Mr. Keeling

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that there are very few restaurants, except of course, the House of Commons Dining Room, where this regulation is enforced, and if the Minister thinks it inexpedient to enforce it why does she think it necessary to retain it?

Dr. Summerskill

In reply to the first part of the hon. Member's supplementary question, nobody ever offers me bread in a restaurant. We are prepared to annul the order when we abolish bread rationing.

Mr. J. S. C. Reid

Could the hon. Lady say what is the estimated saving in bread by this regulation or whether this is another of those psychological regulations?

Dr. Summerskill

That is determined by the waste of bread on the plates.

Captain Marsden

Is the hon. Lady aware that in this House of Commons we are not bound by any regulations and that anything done in the way of rationing is done voluntarily?

Dr. Summerskill

No, the hon. and gallant Gentleman is wrong, and if I find that he infringes the food regulations in the Dining Room, I am afraid we shall have to take action.