§ Mr. Oliver
asked the Secretary of State for War what is the proportion of whole meal bread being supplied by the Royal Army Service Corps; what particular steps are being taken by the Royal Army Service Corps to encourage its production and use; what efforts are being made to train messing officers and Army cooks in modern ideas of nutrition; and what proportion of the present messing officers' course is devoted to nutritional science?
§ Captain Margesson
The present arrangements made by the Royal Army Service Corps for the supply of bread to troops in this country provide for the issue of both white and brown bread, the latter being made from wholemeal flour. The proportion of the latter consumed varies with the taste of the troops in different localities, but is about 12 per cent, for the Army at home as a whole. Arrangements are now being made to change over gradually to the new Government 85 per cent, extraction wheatmeal flour. As regards the last two parts of the Question, the training of messing officers and cooks in the production of a properly balanced diet forms an important part of the instruction given at cookery schools. and training centres.