HC Deb 06 March 1951 vol 485 cc28-9W
55 and 57. Mr. Nigel Davies

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he is aware that in the January issue of "Report to Women," issued by the Information Division of his Department, more space is given to information concerning the increase of the bacon and cheese ration than to the reduction in the meat ration and that specific figures are given for increases but not for decreases; and whether he will instruct that a more balanced account of our food situation should be given in this report in future;

(2) whether he is aware that "Report to Women" issued by the Information Division of his Department is a Socialist propaganda leaflet; and whether he will give instructions that public money should no longer be used for printing it.

Mr. Gaitskell

I cannot agree that this factual document is in any way biased politically. The January issue contained notes on five foodstuffs. The first and longest was meat; the reduced ration was mentioned in the first line. In four instances rations had increased, and in only one was the actual amount stated. Copies of this Report are in the Library, and I invite hon. Members to look at it and judge for themselves.