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Farm Workers

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 14 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Food what is the normal weekly domestic ration scale for agricultural workers.

The weekly scale of individual rations for the ordinary agricultural worker living at home is at the present time as follows: Sugar, 10 oz.; Fats, 9 oz.; Cheese (special ration), 12 oz.; Bacon, 2 oz.; Meat, 10d. worth; Tea, 2 oz.; Points, 6 points; Milk, no restriction.

asked the Minister of Food what is the ration scale for agricultural workers living in camps.

Camps or hostels housing agricultural workers who have no canteen facilities at their work are licensed as catering establishments and receive allowances of food on the Industrial "A" scale according to the number of meals served to the workers. The Industrial "A" scale of allowances is as follows:


per main meal2½d. worth retail


per breakfast1/7th oz.
per main meal1/14th oz.
per light meal1/56th oz.

Butter, Margarine and Cooking Fat—

per meal9/16th oz.

(of which not more than 1/8th oz. may be taken in the form of cooking fat, and not more than 3/16th oz. in the form of butter).


per meal3/28th oz.


per meal¼oz.
per hot beverage¼oz.


per 280 hot beverages1 lb.


per main meal2/7th point
per breakfast or light meal1/7th point

In addition, these camps and hostels, in common with all establishments, are at present receiving a supply of shell eggs, at the rate of one egg per allocation for every 400 meals served during an eight-week period. They also receive, in common with all industrial catering establishments, an allowance of sugar and fats for the supply of cake and flour confectionery.