HC Deb 12 March 1918 vol 104 cc163-4
44. Mr. WILES

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether his Department is prepared to reconsider its refusal to give permission to the Islington Food Control Committee to issue a sugar card to the Islington committee for entertaining wounded soldiers and sailors, a properly constituted authority registered under the War Charities Act, for sugar up to 1 lb. per week for supplying wounded soldiers and sailors with sugar in their tea when being entertained by the committee?


The reply is in the negative Ample supplies of sugar are provided for wounded soldiers through other channels of supply.


asked if there is any intention of the Ministry of Food to reduce the present rations of sugar; and, if so, what reduction is proposed?


I may refer the hon. Member to my answer given yesterday to the hon. Member for Hornsey.

62. Mr. G. LAMBERT

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food if he will so amend the Order allocating sugar to fruit growers for jam making so as to include others who are not actually growers but who would be prepared to buy fruit or to gather wild fruit for making into jam, which fruit might otherwise be wasted and a valuable food product be therefore lost?


The answer is in the negative. This question has been most carefully considered, but it has been found impossible to devise any watertight scheme which would not lead to a serious misapplication of sugar, or put an undue strain upon the; national stocks.


Can sugar be misapplied by turning it into jam?


I did not intend to imply that in the answer I have given.