HC Deb 24 March 1919 vol 114 cc21-2

asked the Food Controller whether he is aware that uncertainty exists in Scotland as to the policy he is to follow in regard to the-distribution of sugar for jam-making purposes; and whether, in view of the approach of the fruit season and the commercial and domestic interests involved in this matter, he can now, or at an early date, indicate what decision he intends to promulgate?


In view of the continuing stringency of sugar supplies throughout the world it will be necessary to limit strictly the issues of sugar to jam. manufacturers. An arrangement as to the issues which will be possible for the current year will be made very shortly. As regards sugar for domestic preserving, I regret that it is not possible at present to make any statement more definite than, that issued to the Press on 31st January, 1919, in which all persons desirous of making jam for home consumption were recommended to reserve as much sugar as possible out of the increased weekly ration in order to supplement such limited supplies as may be available from any surpluses in the hands of retailers during the fruit season.


May I ask if the hon. Gentleman can hold out any hope of an early decision being taken?


I may say that the stock of white sugar in the country is very limited. As soon as we can see any surplus available for the purpose the Ministry is desirous of supplementing the supply for that purpose.

Lieutenant-Colonel MURRAY

Is it at all likely that domestic growers will receive a great deal more sugar than last year?


That I could not say.

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