HC Deb 06 June 1940 vol 361 c1011W
Mr. David Adams

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether steps have been taken to secure a guaranteed minimum diet for all persons; this diet to be constructed according to the results of dietetic research so as to secure continued health and working power and to be distributed free for the duration of the war to any persons unable to afford it or otherwise unable to secure its equivalent?

Mr. Boothby

The Ministry's food import programme and the food production campaign of the Agricultural Departments are designed to ensure a sufficient supply of the foods essential to an adequate diet. The Ministry is guided by the advice of experts on nutrition, and in addition it will in future have the benefit of the advice of the Scientific Food Committee which has been appointed by the Lord Privy Seal. Close and urgent consideration is also being given to the provision of food supplies at prices within the reach of every class of consumer.