Tea.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 24th July 1940.

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Photo of Mr George Strauss Mr George Strauss , Lambeth North

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he will organise a scheme whereby the tea ration, or part of it, of children and those people who are small tea drinkers, could be used to increase the ration of old age pensioners?

Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

It is inevitable that in all measures of rationing the family as a unit suffers less inconvenience than a person living alone. I cannot, however, hold out any hopes of being able to find a means of overcoming this difficulty which would be practicable from an administrative point of view.

Photo of Mr John Parker Mr John Parker , Romford

Would it be possible to supplement the tea supplies with cocoa supplies from West Africa, in view of the very short sea route from West Africa?

Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

That is a rather different matter from the matter which is under consideration.

Photo of Mr Robert Morrison Mr Robert Morrison , Tottenham North

Would it be possible to give old age pensioners a small additional ration?

Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

No, Sir, it is not possible to differentiate between various sections of the population, but it is hoped, as I said last week, to raise the general ration.