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Meat Rationing

Volume 360: debated on Thursday 9 May 1940

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that in the area of the Eston Urban District Council, with 29,800 people registered for meat rationing, and where most of the workpeople are engaged in the hard physical work connected with the iron and steel industry, supplies of meat during several weeks recently have been considerably below the rationed quantity; and whether he will take steps to have the supplies increased?

I am not aware of the shortage of meat referred to. Supplies have been available to meet in full all the ration requirements of butchers since the introduction of meat rationing on 11th March. I understand, however, that certain butchers have refused to accept imported mutton and lamb as part of their allocation and, in consequence, they may have been unable to supply the full ration requirements of their customers. As regards the second part of the Question, I am drawing the attention of the butchers in this locality to the position and to the

Area.Name.Salary.Prior Occupation.
£
South WestMajor Cyril H. Potter, O.B.E.1,000Stockbroker.
South EastA. H. Gold, Esq.1,000Wine Merchant.
MidlandLieut.-Colonel G. Blewitt, D.S.O., M.C. D.L.1,000Farmer.
North WestJ. C. Kidd, Esq., F.A.I.1,000Livestock and General Auctioneer
North EastC. W. H. Glossop, Esq.1,000Director of Public Utility Companies and Farmer.
North ScotlandN. M. Paterson, Esq.1,000Bank Agent and Farmer.
South ScotlandA. Murdoch, Esq.Serves without remuneration.Chartered Accountant and Farmer.
These officers, with one exception, received designate appointments prior to the war and were doing voluntary work for the Food (Defence Plans) Department for some months before the outbreak. The only appointment made since the war was filled by the selection of a candidate from the Central Register of the Ministry of Labour and National Service.