Rations (Economy Propaganda)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd December 1947.

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Mr. Dugdale:

Yes, Sir. H.M.S. "Triumph" is serving on the Mediterranean Station and the issue of the drawing was the sequel to a talk given to the ship's company on the results of the economic crisis, and on the consequential necessity for strict economy in the use of rationed foodstuffs. No letterpress was issued with the drawing and it is evident from subsequent inquiries that the ship's company took the drawing in the way it was intended and not as reflecting any increase in the comparative stringency in the United Kingdom. I am unable to accept the suggestion that the issue of this drawing constituted propaganda of the type described by the hon. Member.