HC Deb 22 March 1948 vol 448 cc282-3W
63. Sir G. Jeffreys

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that agricultural workers, who are employed by the county agricultural executive committee and are housed in hostels, are allowed rations on the canteen scale in addition to their ordinary rations, thus receiving larger rations than ordinary farm workers, who cannot attend canteens; and whether he will arrange that in future all agricultural workers shall draw extra rations in the same manner as those housed in hostels.

65. Mr. Donner

asked the Minister of Food why agricultural workers housed in hostels and placed on a par in the matter of food with industrial workers who have canteen facilities, when agricultural workers, as a whole, have no additional rations to offset these; and whether he is now prepared to increase the rations of the latter.

Dr. Summerskill

Agricultural workers not living in hostels may receive extra allowances of rationed foods in the form of more cheese, extra bread and, if they are engaged on certain times of work,

£ million.
1938. 1947. First half of 1948 (estimated).
Sterling Area.
(Dominions, Colonies, Mandated Territories, Irak, Iceland, Burma, Eire, South Africa). 146 262½ 179½
Hard Currency Areas.
(Canada, U.S.A. and Argentina) 99 352½ 97½
Medium and Soft Currency Areas.
(Europe and European possessions, U.S.S.R. and all other countries). 120 135 113
Total 365 750 390

NOTE.—Included in the figure of £113 million is a relatively small proportion of imports from certain collar account areas previously contracted for. They are included in this category for 1948 because further imports depend on satisfactory currency arrangements being made.