HC Deb 04 May 1916 vol 82 cc123-4

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any and, if so, what facilities are being granted to preservers of home-grown fruit to enable them to obtain sugar supplies sufficient to handle this year's fruit crop and so prevent loss to growers?


Negotiations are at present in active progress between the Sugar Commission, the fruit preservers, and the fruit growers with a view to the preservers undertaking to purchase and preserve the whole fruit crop for this year. There appears to be every probability that the preservers will be able to overcome the difficulties that are inevitable in present circumstances, and the Commission is prepared to assist them to do so in every way in its power. When such arrangements are complete the Commission has undertaken to provide the sugar necessary to carry them out.