HC Deb 15 March 1951 vol 485 cc1746-7
2. Brigadier Rayner

asked the Minister of Health what reports he has received from his medical advisers as to how the latest cut in the meat ration is likely to affect the general health of the community.

Mr. Marquand

I would refer the hon. Member to the replies given to the hon. Member for Maidstone (Mr. Bossom) and the hon. Member for Orpington (Sir W. Smithers) on 8th February.

Brigadier Rayner

Is it not a fact that it is now laid down that blood donors should supply blood twice a year—whereas they previously supplied blood three or four times a year—owing entirely to the prevalence, even among the fittest people, of some degree of anaemia due to shortage of red meat?

Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite

As the right hon. Gentleman has referred the House to replies given a month ago, may I ask whether he has considered the consequence of the operation of Statutory Instrument No. 314, which reduces the meat content of sausages and which so disgusted hon. Members opposite that they absented themselves from the Chamber when it was discussed?

Mr. Marquand

I would refer the hon. and gallant Gentleman to the wise observations of the hon. Member for Luton (Dr. Hill) during that debate.

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