asked the Minister of Food if the milk supplies of the country will now permit him to extend further supplies to the miners' canteens throughout the country which are in urgent need of additional milk supplies, to supplement the existing food rations.
No, Sir. I am advised that the normal rations together with the meals prepared from the supplies of milk and other foods received by miners' canteens on the improved scale of industrial allowances are adequate for the nutritional needs of the miners.
Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that this ban has been on for two years and that the effect of it is seen in the physical condition of the mine worker? Is he further aware that in the North-Western area we have 1,200 to 1,300 female workers who badly require this sustaining liquid?
There is unfortunately a considerable milk problem, as there always is in the winter months, and, of course, the hundreds of women workers are competing with the miners and other people for the very limited supplies I have got.