Oranges and Dried Eggs (War-time Nurseries)

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons on 18th November 1942.

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Photo of Mrs Beatrice Rathbone Mrs Beatrice Rathbone , Bodmin

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food why priority is not given to war nurseries to procure oranges and dried eggs, at least when these articles are released to the general public?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

Wartime nurseries may obtain supplies of oranges and dried eggs direct on behalf of the children attending them if the children's parents are agreeable to this, and will lend the ration books for the purpose. It would not, however, be reasonable to give nurseries priority supplies of oranges and dried eggs in addition to the supplies which children attending them are individually entitled to obtain.

Photo of Mrs Beatrice Rathbone Mrs Beatrice Rathbone , Bodmin

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that there is some discrepancy in the carrying-out of this regulation locally, that some nurseries are not aware of the privileges they have and that some parents are not aware of their responsibility in connection with these war nurseries? Very often the nurseries are unable to get dried eggs because the parents will not co-operate.

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

If the hon. Lady will give me details, I will look into the matter.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

In view of the fact that an enormous quantity of oranges is unfit for sale on arrival in this country and in view of the bad system of handling oranges by retailers, cannot the Ministry import orange juice instead of oranges and distribute it through nurseries, clinics and schools?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

That is a different question.