HC Deb 22 November 1948 vol 458 cc853-4
32. Mr. Gerald Williams

asked the Minister of Food if there is now a possibility of increasing the milk ration to old people.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (Dr. Edith Summerskill)

I am sorry, but our milk supplies are not yet sufficient to permit us to allow extra milk to old people.

Mr. Williams

Does the hon. Lady appreciate that that answer is very unsatisfactory to old people? If she cannot grant an increase now, will she bear in mind this priority when milk supplies increase as a result of increased feeding-stuffs?

Dr. Summerskill

I realise that it is unsatisfactory, but the hon. Gentleman must remember that there are three million people in the country over 70 years of age, and that if we made this extra allocation it would mean reducing the ration of non-priority groups.

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