HC Deb 07 March 1955 vol 538 cc14-5
36. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Minister of Health how many hospitals are economising in the use of butter for hospital meals by substituting a blend of butter and margarine.

Mr. Iain Macleod

I regret that this information isnot available.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Will the right hon. Gentleman investigate what has happened in at least three hospitals in West London, where an attempt is being made to save a few miserable hundred pounds at the expense of 1,300 patients and staff?Does he think that we are so hard up that we have to have that kind of economy?

Mr. Macleod

I always look at anything which the hon. and gallant Gentleman chooses to put before me, but details of this sort cannot be laid down by the Ministry of Health and must be left to the hospitals.