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FOOD CONTROLLER'S INSTRUCTIONS TO THE PUBLIC. Lord Hhondda has issued a final state- ment to the public with reference to the rationing Reheme which cornea into opera- tion on Monday next in London and the Home Couilties. On and after that date no person will be able to buy meat or a meat meal, butter or margarine, except on meat and food cards. It is important to remember with regard to the squares and coupons that each week ends on a Saturday at mid- night, and that coupons cannot be trans- ferred from one week to another. Two things should be borne in mind—(1) Don't tear off meat coupons yourself (2) find out where your local food offioe is and go there if in difficulties. In the following extract persons are shown precisely how to buy in shops on the two cards: BUTTER AND MARGARINE. I No shop will be allowed to sell you butter or margarine except the shop at which you are registered, and only if you produce a food card. The shopkeeper will then cancel the square corresponding to the week in which the sale takes place. Supplies will be equally divided amongst shopkeepers in your district according to the number of their customers, and if sufficient quantities are available for the district as a whole, you will get 4oz. of butter and margarine a week on each card. MEAT. I No shop will be allowed to sell you butcher's meat, including pork and offals, except the shop at which you are registered- The shopkeeper will then cancel coupons corresponding to the amount of your pur- chase and the week in which it takes place. Tho butcher cannot supply you with butcher's meat or pork on more than three coupons from each card in any one week. Each of these coupons permits you to spend 5d. on butcher's meat or pork, or if it is a child's coupon, 2;d. There will be one coupon over on each card each week, and, if vou have not used all three coupons for butcher's meat or pork, there will be more than one coupon left. You may use these coupons for buying any other kind of meat, such ob bacon and ham, poultry, game, rabbite, cooked or tinned meats, etc., at any shop you please. You must, however, pro- duce meat cards for the coupons to be detached. Every shop selling such kinds of meat will be compelled to display a poster showing ex-actly what weights of different kinds of meat correspond to one coupon. MEAT MEALS. I No restaurant or eating house will serve you with any meal of which meat forms a port/on unless you produce your meat card for coupons to be detached. If therefore you have already used all your coupons for buying meat, you cannot obtain meat meals. The proprietor is not bound to serve you with any special weight of meat, but when he comes to account to his food office for the meat he has used he will have to pro- duce one coupon for every 5oz. of uncooked butcher's meat and pork he has used, and similarly with other kinds of meat. The restaurant may require you to give up only half a coupon for a meat meal, but it will then naturally not supply so much meat as for one whole coupon. Copies of Lord Rhondda's instructions in leaflet form, and referred to above, are placed upon all the bookstalls, and are free to the public. It is advisable to secure a copy and study the details carefully. NATIONAL RATIONS. The Food Controller announces that meat rationing on the lines of the scheme which comes into force in London and the Home Counties on Monday next will be applied generally throughout Great Britain by March 25. In certain parts of the country the scheme will be in operation early next month. A number of committees have local regis- tration or rationing scheme for meat in force. As these have either abolished or diminished queues, all committees in whose districts meat queues are still prevalent are being urged by the Ministry of Food to adopt temporary registration schemes until the general meat rationing scheme cornea into force. FOOD FOR MOTHERS AND INFANTS. I The Food Controller and the Local Government Board have made Orders em- powering local authorities to supply milk to children and milk and food to expectant and nursing mothers at cost price in ordi- nary cases, and free or at less than cost price in cases in which the women supplied cannot afford to pay the ecst price. Certifi- cates authorising applicants to obtain food a.nd milk will be granted by medical cfficers of health, medical officers of maternity, and child welfare centres working in co-opera- tion with the local authority, and by per- eons specifically empowered by either of these medical officers or by the local authority itself. The quantities of food and milk supplied under the Order will in ordi- nary* cases be: For children under eighteen months, up to one and a half pints of milk a day. For children between eighteen months and he years, up to one pint of milk a day. For expectant and nursing mothers as pre- scribed by the appointed medical or other authority. It will rest with the officers empowered by the local authority and acting under their directions to decide the cases in which the wom^n is to be supplied free, or at less than cost price. Expenses incurred under this Order will be defrayed as to one-half by the local rates and as to one-half by grant from the Local Government Board. 4L-

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