HC Deb 28 March 1945 vol 409 cc1363-4
58. Mr. Kirby

asked the Minister of Food how many tons of oranges available in Liverpool for sale to the public during the month of March were, owing to their rotten state or bitterness, surrendered as waste food or collected and sent elsewhere to be made into marmalade.

Mr. Mabane

About 50 tons of oranges, all of the bitter variety, allocated for sale to the public in the Liverpool area have been recovered during the present month and sent to manufacturers in order to avoid waste.

Mr. Kirby

Will the right hon. Gentleman, in making supplies available to Liverpool in future, see that the oranges are sweeter?

Mr. Mabane

We will do our best.

Mr. Evelyn Walkden

Why did the Ministry persist in this policy when it was warned two months ago of the decaying state of these bitter Seville oranges, and yet used shipping space to bring in more and more to every greengrocer shop throughout the country?

Mr. Mabane

The supply in London has not equalled the demand and it would appear therefore that the taste in London is not so sweet as in Liverpool.

Mr. J. J. Lawson

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in the North also the supply is not equal to the demand?