HC Deb 17 June 1953 vol 516 c966
37. Brigadier Medlicott

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware of the disappointment expressed by farmers and farm workers over the new arrangements for the issue of seasonal rations; and if he will give fresh consideration to the representations which have been made to him in this matter.

Major Lloyd George

I have already arranged, in consultation with the National Farmers' Union and National Union of Agricultural Workers, for a greater proportion of this extra food to be available during the peak harvest months, and I have promised to review the scheme again in September.

Brigadier Medlicott

Is the Minister aware that that scheme is working particularly badly in places like Norfolk where, during the period from April to July, work on the farms is exceptionally heavy, and yet, under the new scheme, the workers will receive only one issue of these rations whereas under the former scheme they received two?

Major Lloyd George

This change was made in consultation and agreement with both unions concerned.

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