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Agricultural Workers (Rations)

Volume 395: debated on Wednesday 24 November 1943

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asked the Minister of Food what additional rations are provided in hostels for those who help in harvesting the crops which are denied to the agricultural workers who live in their own homes?

Hostels for agricultural workers receive allowances of food on the special scale for establishments providing meals for workers in certain industries in which the work is particularly arduous. For those workers who do not live in hostels and for whom canteens or other catering facilities such as pie schemes are not available, farmers may obtain supplies of rationed food for the provision of meals during harvest time and certain other periods of special seasonal activity. These special allowances, together with the domestic ration, enable the agricultural worker living at home to obtain substantially the same quantity of food as is available to a resident in an agricultural hostel.