HC Deb 22 March 1948 vol 448 c282W
62. Air-Commodore Harvey

asked the Minister of Food if he will now grant extra rations, protein, to Mr. L. Joule, of 23, Roe Street, Macclesfield, who was a prisoner of war in Japan, and who has been recommended by a specialist in tropical diseases to receive extra rations, but whose application has been refused by the divisional food officer, details having already been forwarded to the Minister.

Dr. Summerskill

The case of Mr. Joule was considered by our medical advisers last January, and the request for extra rations was refused because, in their opinion, the effects of malnutrition which can be cured by diet are cured within a few months or a year. If there are special circumstances in this case of which our medical advisers have not been informed, I shall be pleased to ask them to reconsider it if full medical details are provided.