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Ration Books And Identity Cards (Distribution)

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 27 May 1943

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport what steps he has taken to prevent disorganisation of transport in rural districts arising from the collection of new ration books from food offices?

I see no reason to expect that the collection of new ration books will cause disorganisation of transport in rural districts. The Regional Transport Commissioners, in conjunction with the transport undertakings, are always ready to adjust services so as to meet demands for essential travel as far as their resources permit.

Will the hon. Gentleman give special attention to those cases where no practicable transport service exists between villages and the appointed food offices?

Yes, Sir, I will give special attention to any difficult cases, but I hoped this matter might be covered by the statement made yesterday by the Minister of Food and my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food.

Is my hon. Friend aware that transport in Glasgow, which is already strained, is being further strained? Will he give consideration to the question of district offices being opened for distribution?

The arrangement of offices is a matter for the Ministry of Food. I will make inquiries about transport in Glasgow, but all the inquiries I have made up to now have shown that there has. been no disorganisation.

I know there is no disorganisation, but it is putting on an added strain which is not necessary.

If the Ministry of Food are not able to provide local offices, would the Minister of War Transport arrange for special trains to take people to the distribution centres?