HC Deb 21 November 1946 vol 430 cc184-6W
Mr. Piratin

asked the Minister of Food whether he will institute a national dietary survey to determine what changes in food consumption are needed to provide the whole population with a diet fully adequate for proper health

Mr. Strachey

Since the beginning of the second world war the Ministry of Food have conducted a national food survey of the diets of working class households. They also make use of the surveys, clinical and otherwise, made by the Ministry of Health, the Department of Health for Scotland and by research centres throughout the country. In the light of this information the Ministry of Food has followed a policy of providing, to the limit to which supplies are available, a diet adequate for proper health for the different sections of the community. In this they have been guided by the advice of the Ministry of Health and their own Scientific Adviser. In the circumstances no additional dietary survey is necessary.

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