§ Mr. Crouch
asked the Minister of Food whether he is now in a position to make an extra allocation of cheese to those engaged in heavy manual work connected with agriculture, such as lorry drivers delivering or collecting agricultural produce and requisites and also to smallholders.
§ Mr. Webb
The special cheese ration is not given for heavy work but to provide a sandwich pack for certain well-defined categories of workers who are unable to use canteens or cafes. Road transport workers are not eligible because even in country areas they can usually obtain meals from roadside cafes in the course of their journeys. For the reasons I gave to the hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr. Remnant) on 3rd April, I regret that I am unable to extend the concession to smallholders.