HC Deb 27 March 1941 vol 370 c705
61. Mr. Riley

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, in view of the great shortage of sugar and animal feeding-stuffs, he will consider the further curtailment of the raw materials to be made available for the manufacture of intoxicating beverages?

Major Lloyd George

I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply to the hon. Member for Wrexham (Mr. Richards) on 12th March. As regards sugar supplies, the brewing industry is restricted to 60 per cent, of pre-war usage.

Mr. Riley

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware of the strong and widespread opinion that in view of the shortage of animal feeding-stuffs a further curtailment should take place of raw materials for intoxicants?

Major Lloyd George

The position is always under review in the light of the actual situation of the time. Already there has been a large diversion of material to animal feeding-stuffs and the sugar ration for intoxicants has been severely curtailed.