§ Sir R. Gower
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether arrangements are made for his own inspectors to inspect the canteens of workers who are billeted in camps or requisitioned houses with a view to ensuring that food is not wasted through bad cooking; and to what extent he has received complaints that men in some of these camps cannot eat the food and buy extra quantities of bread as a result?
§ Mr. Mabane
I assume that my hon. Friend refers to canteens operated by or on behalf of industrial undertakings for their workers. Responsibility for supervision of the general meals arrangements 39W in such canteens is in most cases undertaken by the Ministry of Labour. Close contact is maintained with my Department, however, which licenses the canteens, and where necessary joint inspections by officers of the two Departments are made. No specific complaints of the kind mentioned in the last part of my hon. Friend's Question have been received by my Department.