Dirty Ration Books

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons on 3rd March 1943.

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Photo of Mr David Mort Mr David Mort , Swansea East

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that food vendors are complaining of the dirty condition of many ration books, which is a danger to the health of the people being served; and will he institute a penalty for such neglect?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

The answer to both parts of my hon. Friend's Question is, "No, Sir."

Photo of Mr David Mort Mr David Mort , Swansea East

Does the Minister realise that this is an important question? I have had representations made to me by people who have to handle these very dirty books in grocers' shops. Is he aware that very great harm is being done? Will he do something about it?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

We have had no representations on this subject, but I shall be glad to receive any information in the hon. Member's possession. The customer can, of course, change the ration book.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

Are there not already enough penalties for infringements of food regulations?