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Special Rations (Farm Workers)

Volume 440: debated on Wednesday 23 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Food what proportion of farm workers have, in recent weeks, received the extra rations of tea, sugar, margarine and preserves to which they are entitled when they are working extra long hours on seasonal work such as hay-making and root-hoeing; and if, in view of the fact that many farm workers are not now getting their due, he will simplify the procedure and arrange for these extra rations to be drawn direct by the farm worker as is done in the case of the special cheese ration.

My right ton. Friend regrets that the required figures are not available and to collect them would involve an unjustifiable amount of time and labour. No farm worker should have any difficulty in getting these special rations, and there seems to be no reason for changing the present procedure.