HC Deb 11 May 1949 vol 464 cc93-4W
60. Mr. Driberg

asked the Minister of Food how soon he expects to be able to announce the results of the recent consideration by the Food Rationing (Special Diets) Advisory Committee of the Medical Research Council of the present meat ration and the needs of diabetics and other invalids.

Dr. Summerskill

The Food Rationing (Special Diets) Advisory Committee have reviewed the present meat ration in relation to the needs of invalids and they have recommended that no extra meat rations additional to those already allowed need be granted for diabetics or for invalids suffering from spontaneous hypoglycaemia. They are satisfied that the protein available in the present allowances of meat and cheese are quite adequate to construct any kind of diabetic diet. The Committee have also recommended that one further extra ration of meat should be allowed in cases of nephritis with gross oedema and gross albuminuria, for both types of hepatitis and in cases of steatorrhea.

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