HC Deb 07 February 1945 vol 407 cc2070-1
48. Mr. E. P. Smith

asked the Minister of Food what was the consumption of honey in the United Kingdom in the years 1938 and 1944, respectively.

The Minister of Food (Colonel Llewellin)

The estimated quantities are 8,000 tons in 1938; 6,000 tons in 1944. They include home produced and imported honey.

Mr. Smith

Can the Minister say whether he is satisfied with the production of home-grown honey, and does he consider that his right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture has been putting enough "pep" into home production?

Colonel Llewellin

In reply to the first point, the answer is "No, Sir." I should like more honey, but it depends very largely on whether the bees can collect the honey in suitable weather.