76. Mr. MacCALLUM SCOTT
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether a large amount of fruit is grown in small cottage gardens all over the country, and that a large proportion of this food will be completely wasted unless sugar is available for preserving; and whether he can arrange that at the proper season supplies of sugar will be available for preserving fruit at home?
I am aware of the importance of this matter, and can assure the hon. Member that the desirability of allotting supplies of sugar for this purpose is not being overlooked. Having regard, however, to all the conditions affecting supplies of sugar, the Food Controller does not feel justified at present in giving any undertaking that supplies will 2131 be available for this purpose other than those which householders can render available by savings from their ordinary domestic consumption.