HC Deb 30 November 1939 vol 355 cc285-6W
Sir J. Lamb

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the diffi- culty that will be experienced on the introduction of food rationing, and the consequent elimination of the element of surprise, by the officers of local authorities in their task of protecting, in accordance with the provisions of the Sale of Food (Weights and Measures) Act, 1926, and the Food and Drugs Act, 1938, purchasers against short weight or measure and adulteration; and whether he is prepared either to make arrangements for such officers to be supplied with travellers coupons, or to adopt some other method of enabling them to make test purchases of rationed articles of food?

Mr. Elliot

I appreciate the importance of this matter and am in communication with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Food with regard to the measures to be taken in order that sampling of rationed articles of food can be carried out for the purposes of the Food and Drugs Act, 1938. The Sale of Food (Weights and Measures) Act, 1926, is a matter for my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade, with whom I am also in communication on the subject.

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