HC Deb 27 January 1947 vol 432 cc122-3W
Mr. Challen

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that growing children on holiday from boarding schools are unable to obtain essential milk and eggs because their emergency milk cards can seldom be honoured and because they are registered for eggs with the grocer supplying the school; and whether, in view of the importance of such foods to young children, he will ensure that better arrangements are made henceforward.

Mr. Strachey

I am not aware that children on holiday from boarding school are unable to obtain milk or eggs against their temporary ration documents. Retailers are authorised to obtain certain additional quantities of milk and eggs in order to supply new and temporary customers. These quantities are in general adequate, and although it cannot be positively guaranteed that all the temporary documents which may be presented to a particular retailer can be met forthwith. especially if they are presented without notice, Local Food Offices are usually able to assist in cases of difficulty. If the hon. Member is aware of any particular Case in which hardship is being experienced I will have inquiries made at once, on receipt of particulars.