asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food how often the Food Rationing (Special Diets) Advisory Committee meets and how many times it has met this year; what is its method of collating and considering the representations made for extra allowances of particular food for sufferers from particular diseases; what consultations with other bodies has it had since the beginning of this year; and what are the bodies concerned?
I have been asked to reply. The Food Rationing (Special Diets) Advisory Committee of the Medical Research Council has held 14 full meetings in all. Owing to the decrease in the number of questions referred to the Committee, and particularly of questions involving new principles, it has not so far been necessary to convene a full meeting in 1943 although a sub-committee has met. Minor questions arising between meetings are circulated in the form of memoranda and the opinions of members obtained in writing. The other bodies consulted on behalf of the Committee since the beginning of this year, in addition to Government Departments specially concerned, are the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Joint Tuberculosis Council and the Tuberculosis Association.