HC Deb 07 December 1953 vol 521 c1606
26. Mr. Willey

asked the Minister of Food what steps he is taking to encourage the consumption of welfare foods.

Major Lloyd George

I welcome the opportunity of assuring the hon. Member that by all means at my disposal my Department continues to stress the importance of welfare foods.

Mr. Willey

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that his reply will give the greatest satisfaction? Will he use his best endeavours to see that welfare foods are not prejudiced by any economies that may be made in his Department?

Major Lloyd George

I am more than delighted if my answer satisfies the hon. Gentleman, and I will do everything that I can to continue their use.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Does my right hon. and gallant Friend recall that it was a Conservative Government that started all these welfare food schemes?

Mr. Hastings

Can the Minister tell us, in a few words, how he is going to encourage am increased consumption of welfare foods?

Major Lloyd George

As the hon. Gentleman knows, many methods have been used over a considerable time—posters, talks, and full information to expectant mothers. Every possible method has been used, and is still being used, and I am glad to say that the percentage of take-up of these various welfare foods remains much the same and has sometimes increased.

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