HC Deb 22 October 1946 vol 427 c359W
Mr. Baker White

asked the Minister of Food, in view of the increased allocation of meat to miners and to canteens serving heavy industrial workers, what additional allocation of meat he proposes to make to agricultural workers seeing that they have no canteen facilities and are engaged upon heavy manual labour.

Mr. Strachey

An increased meat ration for coal miners has been granted as part of a special effort to secure an increased output of coal. Unfortunately our supply position makes it quite impossible to extend the concession to agricultural workers. There are, of course, arrangements under which at harvesting and other periods of seasonal activity, farmers can obtain for their workers special allowances of certain rationed foods, and there is also the special bread and cheese ration given to agricultural workers because they lack canteens.