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Farm Workers

Volume 436: debated on Monday 28 April 1947

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88.

asked the Minister of Food whether it can be arranged that agricultural workers shall draw their supplementary rations direct.

100.

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that the system by which permits for additional rations to farm workers can only be drawn through their employers is causing much inconvenience both to the farmers and the workers; and if he will consider issuing the permits direct to the workers.

My right hon. Friend regrets that he cannot allow workers themselves to draw the additional allowances as they are not a differential ration for the individual but a substitute for meals in a canteen. He has made arrangements for authorised representatives of the workers to draw the rations and has recently simplified the procedure as he explained in his answer to the hon. Member for Newbury (Mr. Hurd) on 23rd April.