HC Deb 14 October 1942 vol 383 c1638W
Mr. Mort

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that the sugar ration supplies to tinplate workers in South Wales to enable them to make herb beer has been stopped on the understanding that the sugar can be obtained at the works canteen; that the workers have not been supplied from the canteen; and will he take steps to see that these men get this necessary addition to their diet?

Mr. Mabane

I have already written to my hon. Friend about the tinplate workers whom he has in mind. As I indicated in my letter, the practice which has hitherto been followed of supplying sugar to these workers individually to enable them to manufacture herb beers at home is not in accordance with my Department's general procedure. Sugar can, however, either be supplied to the works' canteens if arrangements can be made for the drink to be brewed communally or it can be made available for the drink to be made by a manufacturer or by some other suitable person for distribution to the workers while at work.