Children (Eggs and Fruit).

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 4th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food what representations have been made to him respecting extra rations of eggs and fruit for children; and whether available supplies could be controlled and directed to meet this need?

Major Lloyd George:

The existing schemes for the distribution of eggs and oranges give priority to children, and I am unaware of any representations regarding the allowances. Holders of the child's ration book may obtain four eggs whenever one is allocated to the non-priority consumer, and oranges should not be sold except to such children for the first five days after the distribution to the shops. I would add that a free issue of fruit juices is at present made to infants under two years of age and that all infants and adolescents up to the age of 18 are in priority groups for liquid milk. I see no prospect of providing extra rations of other fruits for children.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that, although the present arrangements are appreciated by individuals, many women's organisations are deeply concerned about this matter and would prefer that they themselves should forgo further rations if only their children could get more of this kind of food?