Special Diets

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons on 8th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Robert Morrison Mr Robert Morrison , Tottenham North

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that doctors are prescribing Ryvita for persons forbidden to eat bread and potatoes; and whether arrangements will be made in these cases to supply this food free of points, or whether the Ministry's medical advisers can recommend an alternative unrationed food?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

The question of the sensitivity of certain persons to national flour is at present under consideration by the Food Rationing (Special Diets) Advisory Committee of the Medical Research Council, and my Department is awaiting a report. I will communicate with my hon. Friend after the report has been received.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

What types of cases are to be considered? Members of Parliament have already had issued to them a statement about gastric cases.

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

The view is held in some quarters that the wheat germ may have bad effects on some people, and that is being considered by the Special Diets Advisory Committee.