HC Deb 17 March 1947 vol 435 c6W
51. Mr. D. Marshall

asked the Minister of Agriculture why the agricultural workers in Cornwall who require a minimum of 1,000 permits a month for vacuum flasks have only been granted some 200 permits; and if he is aware that this will inflict great hardship upon these vital food workers who are unable to obtain hot meals and have no canteen facilities.

Mr. T. Williams

The production of Thermos flasks has been much reduced owing to production difficulties and the recent fuel cuts. A large proportion of the output continues to be allocated for issue to farmers and farm workers, but it is at present insufficient to provide enough flasks for all who are entitled to them.

Mr. King

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will arrange for an increased supply of vacuum flask permits to be made available for agricultural workers in the county of Cornwall.

Mr. T. Williams

I would invite my hon. Friend's attention to the reply given today to the hon. Member for Bodmin (Mr. D. Marshall).