HC Deb 18 January 1940 vol 356 cc260-1W
Mrs. Adamson

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he has now reached a decision IA ith regard to supplementary rations for diabetics and others who, under medical orders, must have a special diet, which usually requires larger rations of butter and bacon than are allowed under the existing scheme?

Mr. Harvey

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether arrangements can be made for an additional butter ration to be provided for expectant mothers and nursing mothers?

Rear-Admiral Beamish

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he is aware that medical officers of health and organisations concerned with the service of tuberculosis prevention and cure are anxious to ensure that tuberculous patients shall be enabled to obtain adequate quantities of butter; and will he state the position and prospects of such requirements?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

As announced on 26th December, reference to medical opinion has not established that supplementary allowances of rationed foods for invalids are necessary at the present time, but I am arranging to obtain further authoritative advice in regard to particular illnesses. At the request of my right hon. Friends the Minister of Health and the Secretary of State for Scotland, and of myself, the Medical Research Council have appointed an expert committee to advise from time to time whether it is necessary on medical grounds to modify or supplement rations in the case of invalids and other persons on special diets. As regards nursing mothers, the local food offices issue a child's ration book as soon as a birth is notified, and this may be used by the mother in supplement of her own book.