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Rum Ration

Volume 439: debated on Wednesday 9 July 1947

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty on what occasions in peace time is the rum ration issued in the Royal Navy; and whether insistence is laid on these occasions for an adequate supply of nonalcoholic beverages for those who prefer them.

The rum ration is issued daily. Men over 20 years of age are given the option of receiving grog money instead of the rum ration and can buy non-alcoholic drinks from the canteens which are usually open at the time of the rum issue. Men under 20 years of age are not entitled to the rum ration or to grog money. A rum ration is also issued to both officers and men to celebrate special occasions when the signal is made to "splice the main brace." At such times there is an issue of lemonade made with powder and sugar for officers and men under 20 and any others who may prefer it.