HC Deb 09 February 1944 vol 396 cc1771-2
58. Dr. Little

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware of the desire among the people of Northern Ireland that they should receive their share of the marmalade oranges which have become available; and whether he will see that they receive their quota.

Colonel Llewellin

There were not sufficient bitter oranges for a general distribution over the whole of the United Kingdom; one area had to be selected for this and my hon. Friend will hear with regret that it was not Northern Ireland.

Mr. Leach

How did it come about that these oranges which were going to the North of England were later all taken to Scotland?

62. Mr. Driberg

asked the Minister of Food how many protests he has received from British marmalade manufacturers against his decision to distribute surplus oranges in this country, instead of forwarding them to Eire.

Colonel Llewellin

None, Sir. Two marmalade makers have objected to the sale of bitter oranges to domestic users, but a committee representing the trade as a whole has dissociated itself from this attitude.

Mr. Driberg

Can we take it that the two makers' protests are being disregarded by the right hon. and gallant Gentleman?

Colonel Llewellin


Viscountess Astor

Does the Minister not think that marmalade is really more desired throughout the country by women and children than beer and wines? Can we have more oranges?