Take it at its minimum scientific food value, and on the basis of our rations in April, 1917, it would have giver, us:
Flour for the whole United Kingdom... 43
Sugar for the whole United Kingdom... 33
Our three war Governments, confronted who the increasing certainty of at least a three years' war, have allowed the drink trade to destroy this vast reserve of food. It will not do for Mr. Lloyd George to blame his predecessors. He has carried on their policy of food destruction. In -the first four months of 1917 he has allowed the destruction of 400,000 tons of grain to holster up this trade in drink. It would give the United Kingdom its bread rations for thirty days ; it would make all the difference till the harvest is over.
Another paragraph, page 15, reads as follows :
And now we have a new idea from the Food Control Department; it is a coloured poster of a Union Jack and a big loaf on it and "Waste not, want not," printed in big type. It was being printed on the day the Prime Minister
told the nation that America had found it is no use waving a neutral flag in the teeth of a shark. It is an eloquent and true saying, but it is also true that It is no use waving platitudes from copy books in the teeth of a wolf at the door. The Prime Minister says he is taking no chances. Let us be quite sure. We once had a Government of which men said its motto was "Wait and See." Are we better off, or are we worse, with a Government that sees and waits?
I think these extracts give a very clear idea of the purpose of the book. I notice that the report of Surgeon-General Fother-ingham placed before the House by the Prime Minister has no good foundation but that it is an attempt to justify an action taken by the censorship under the authority of the Government for which there was no authority at all.
Subtopic: "THE FIDDLERS"-STATEMENT BY HON.
Sub-subtopic: FRANK OLIVER-AMENDMENT NEGATIVED.