HC Deb 01 October 1942 vol 383 c941W
Captain Plugge

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food why, assuming the proper quantities are drawn, the exchange of food between neighbours is a criminal offence?

Mr. Mabane

Members of a household can share between them in any way the rations allotted to the individuals comprising the household. Apart from that, rations are determined on the basis that they will be purchased for and consumed by individuals. It would be impracticable to prevent abuses if a system of bartering of food rations were permitted.