Rationing

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  • Rationing
    • Britain depended on food imports from abroad and ships coming to Britain were vulnerable to attack.
    • 1938 - Britain imported 55 million tonnes of food.
    • By Christmas 1939 - Germans sunk 96 ships.
    • 29th September 1939 - National Registration Day.
    • Propaganda like 'Dig for Victory' campaign used to encourage people not to waste food.
    • The Utility Scheme - ensured items like shoes & carpets carried a utility mark.
      • to ensure they were affordable.
    • Rationing made British people healthier.
    • Vitamin Welfare scheme
    • Illegal black market with rationed goods.
      • The Ministry of Food employed 900 inspectors to root out the black market.

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