HC Deb 04 December 1946 vol 431 c80W
40 and 41. Mr. Paget

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many grammes of bread and grammes of cereals, respectively, were included in the official ration for period starting 14th October, 1946, of 1,550 calories; and whether, before these quantities could be purchased, an announcement has to be made as to the percentage to which they have been called up;

(2) the percentage of cereals included in the British zone ration of 1,550 calories and the percentage of this amount which has in fact been distributed since the 1,550 calories ration was reintroduced.

Mr. J. Hynd

The quantities specified were 10,000 grammes of bread and 1,750 grammes of cereals. These represented some 70 per cent. of the total 1,550 ration calorie scale. The normal consumer was entitled to these quantities within the four week period wherever stocks permitted, or as soon as possible thereafter where supplies during the period in question had to be restricted because of local distribution difficulties. Since the introduction of the 1,550 scale about 90 per cent. of the total bread and cereals ration has been distributed. Whenever doubt exists as to the availability of adequate supplies, announcements are made in the Press and over the radio indicating which particular ration coupons will be valid and the quantities in grammes which will be available.

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