HC Deb 12 December 1949 vol 470 cc2350-1
56. Sir Hugh Lucas-Tooth

asked the Minister of Food under what regulation visitors from overseas are permitted to apply for coupons for an extra 2 lb. of sweets over and above the normal ration; how many such coupons were issued during the year ending on the latest convenient date; and whether all persons of other than British nationality may obtain such coupons notwithstanding that they may be permanently resident in this country.

Dr. Summerskill

This is an administrative arrangement which was introduced on 14th August, 1949, and I am afraid that no figures are available to show the number of coupons issued. The extra sweets are available only to overseas visitors staying temporarily in this country.

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

Will the right hon. Lady say how long "temporary" means for this purpose, and how the scheme is brought to the notice of visitors?

Dr. Summerskill

The length of time depends on how long they keep their temporary ration books.

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