asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the decline recently in the uptake of welfare foods. in particular orange juice and cod liver oil; what sums have been spent by the Government in publicising and promoting welfare vitamin foods in the periods 1940–1944, 1945–1949, 1950–1954 and since 1955; and whether he will give the figures for the uptake of welfare food. national dried milk, orange juice and cod liver oil during the same periods.
There has been a decline in the uptake of cod liver oil but the uptake of orange juice in relation to those entitled to this benefit has increased. I regret that the information desired in the second part of the Question is not available. On the last part of the Question I will, with permission, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT such figures as are obtainable without a disproportionate expenditure of time and effort.
Oh, yes. This service has been available for nearly twenty years. For the comfort of the hon. Member I would say that publicity measures include advice to doctors, midwives and health visitors, a supply of free posters to local health authorities, leaflets to expectant mothers and advice notes in women's journals.
Following are the figures:
|UPTAKE OF WELFARE FOODS In millions|
|Period||National Dried Milk (tins)||Orange Juice (bottles)||Cod Liver Oil (bottles)|
|1940–44||Comparable figures not available|
|England and Wales|
|1958||12·3 (a)||22·1 (b)||2·7 (c)|
|(a) The decline in issues of National Dried Milk has been offset by an increase in the consumption of liquid welfare milk which is an alternative benefit.|
|(b) From 1st November, 1957, entitlement to orange juice was withdrawn from children over two years of age, except for tokens already issued|
|(c) In July, 1957 the Report of the Advisory Committee on Welfare Foods was published recommending that infants taking National Dried Milk should receive drop doses instead of teaspoonfuls of cod liver oil.|