Cheese Ration (Roadmen)

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1946.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington 12:00 am, 27th November 1946

asked the Minister of Food if he will increase the cheese ration to roadmen employed by urban district councils whose work is in country districts.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

My right hon. Friend regrets that he is unable to extend the concession to the workers referred to by the hon. Member.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington

In view of the fact that there must be a very small number of roadmen employed by urban district councils who work in country lanes, could the Minister be less rigid about this and allow the local authority to decide which men should have an extra ration, as it is very difficult for them?

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

I can assure the hon. Gentleman that it is not an official of the Ministry who decides these things, but the representatives of the men themselves on the advisory committee of the T.U.C.