§ Mr. R. C. Morrison
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will state the quantity of canned food purchased annually for consumption by troops on home service; and what proportion of the total is canned in British canneries?
§ Sir V. Warrender
Canned food is not normally purchased for issue to troops on home service. Certain issues of preserved meat, held in reserve, are however made periodically in order to turn over stocks, the quantity issued during the current year being 256,000 lbs. This preserved meat is not canned in British canneries. In addition approximately 60,000 lbs. of tinned condensed milk are purchased annually for issue to Army hospitals and schools at home: during the past 12 months all this milk was British canned.