HC Deb 13 December 1939 vol 355 c1222W
Colonel Wedgwood

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what is the cost per month of food rationing; how much of the work is voluntary and unpaid; and whether any estimate was agreed with the Treasury before rationing was decided on?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

The cost of rationing cannot readily be separated from the other administrative expenses of the Ministry of Food, and I am not in a position at the present time to put forward a reliable estimate. In some areas, much work in this connection has been done on a voluntary basis. I should like to take this opportunity of expressing my appreciation of these services.

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