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.
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 2071 like more honey, but it depends very largely on whether the bees can collect the honey in suitable weather.