Milk (Miners' Canteens)

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th January 1945.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Brown Mr Thomas Brown , Ince 12:00 am, 17th January 1945

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.

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

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.

Photo of Mr Thomas Brown Mr Thomas Brown , Ince

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?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

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.

Photo of Mr William Foster Mr William Foster , Wigan

Is it not very important that we should have coal?