HC Deb 07 February 1949 vol 461 c10W
68. Mr. Harrison

asked the Minister of Food if he has calculated the amount of meat that would be necessary to saturate the retail market, and thereby avoid the necessity for the continuation of rationing; and how much per head this supply of meat would represent at the present prices, retail.

Mr. Strachey

Allowing for the increase of population and the increase in income as compared with pre-war, I think we should require at least 2,400,000 tons of meat and offal in 1949 to dispense with rationing at present subsidised prices. I give this figure with the greatest reserve as there are so many uncertain factors. This would represent about a 1s. 5d. ration.

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