Thanks to Class P7 for their questions about rationing. Andrew from Class AS has compiled a timeline for when rationing started and ended. Obviously, we don’t have rationing in the UK any more, but if the world population continues to row and climate change continues maybe rationing would have to be introduced all over the world as there wouldn’t be enough food. What are Class P7’s thoughts on this?
Here is Andrew’s timeline
After World War II started in September 1939 the first commodity to be controlled was petrol, but food rationing was introduced quite soon.
1939 World War Two begins
1939 – Petrol rationing (ended May 1950)
8 January 1940 – Rationing of bacon, butter and sugar
11 March 1940 – All meat was rationed
July 1940 – Tea and margarine were added to the list of rationed foods.
March 1941 – Jam was put on ration.
May 1941 – Cheese was rationed
1 June 1941 – Rationing of clothing (ended 15 March 1949)
June 1941 – Eggs were put on ration
July 1941 – Coal was rationed because more and more miners were called up to serve in the forces.
January 1942 – Rice and dried fruit were added to the list of rationed foods.
February 1942 – Soap was rationed so that oils and fats could be saved for food.
Tinned tomatoes and peas were were added to the list of rationed food.
By 17 March 1942, coal, gas and electricity were all rationed
26 July 1942 – Rationing of sweets and chocolate. Each person was allowed about 2oz (55 grams) a week
August 1942 – Biscuits rationed
1943 – Sausages are rationed
1945 World War Two Ends
Rationing continued on many items until 1954.
1948 – The end of rationing begins. It is another 5 years before rationing of all products is stopped.
25 July 1948 – end of flour rationing
15 March 1949 – end of clothes rationing
19 May 1950 – rationing ended for canned and dried fruit, chocolate biscuits, treacle, syrup, jellies and mincemeat.
September 1950 – rationing ended for soap
3 October 1952 – Tea rationing ended
February 1953 – Sweet and sugar rationing ends
4 July 1954 – Food rationing ends