asked the Minister of Food (1) whether he will make available the evidence provided by the National Food Survey that old-age pensioners in 1954 ate 50 per cent. more eggs than in 1951; (2) how the consumption of eggs by old-age pensioners in 1954 compared with that in 1950.
Does the right hon. Gentleman not agree that the consumption of eggs in 1950 was substantially higher overall than in 1954, and is it not quite offensive to the old-age pensioners in those circumstances to say that they are eating very much more than they were in 1950?
In view of the fact that the right hon. Gentleman does not challenge the fact that I have stated, namely, that consumption overall was much higher in 1950 than in 1954, will he publish the full evidence on which this remarkable conclusion is based?
Is it not a fact that the real difference is that the eggs are now fresh, whereas formerly under the administration of the hon. Member opposite they were exceedingly "squiffy"?
Following is the information:
|ESTIMATED FOOD CONSUMPTION OF OLD-AGE PENSIONER HOUSEHOLDS (OZ. PER HEAD PER WEEK UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED)|
|—||1951 (a)||1954 (provisional)|
|Milk, including processed (pt. or equiv. pt.)||4·9||4·9|
|Cheese, including unrationed||2·7||3·1|
|Meat (including bacon and unrationed meat)||25·7||31·6|
|Calories (per head per day)||2,264||2,530|
|(a) Excluding two months, March and June, for which information is not available.|