HC Deb 29 May 1956 vol 553 cc16-7
21. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is satisfied that the meat ration for men under training at the Guards Depot, Caterham, is adequate; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Head

These men receive the normal daily meat ration plus the special supplement given to troops engaged on strenuous training. Service ration scales are at present being reviewed.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Is it not the case that these men have a tougher programme of drill and physical training than any other recruits to the Army, and that in the view of the authorities at Caterham the meat ration for these men is inadequate? Will the right hon. Gentleman take into account the views of the Caterham authorities, and increase the meat ration with the least possible delay?

Mr. Head

I know a lot about rations, and I can assure the hon. and gallant Gentleman that I am aware of the present situation in many places in addition to Caterham.