HC Deb 08 May 1940 vol 360 cc1243-4W
Mr. David Adams

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that certain local food control officers have classified school-feeding centres as common catering establishments, and issued permits for only 60 per cent. of meat with corresponding reductions in bread, cheese, sugar, etc., necessitating a serious reduction in the number and quality of meals supplied; and whether he will take steps to have full ration allowances restored forthwith?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

School-feeding centres requiring to obtain supplies of rationed foods are enabled to do so by registering under the rationing regulations as catering establishments. As such they are, for the time being, permitted to serve meat meals free of the coupon, but in relation to these establishments, the rationing of meat takes the form of a restriction of supplies to 60 per cent. of their normal requirements. Sugar is rationed in catering establishments by reference to the number of meals and hot beverages served. There is at present no restriction on the supply of bread or cheese.