HC Deb 05 November 1945 vol 415 cc909-10
96. Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what is the present position of stocks of liquid paraffin in this country; what is the reason for the shortage of supplies in many districts including the Alderley Edge district of Cheshire; and what steps are being taken to remedy the position.

Mr. Shinwell

Stocks of liquid paraffin in this country at present represent six to seven weeks' normal supply. Distributors are receiving supplies at the same rate as during the last three years, namely 100 per cent. of their 1938 trade. The shortage of supplies for medicinal purposes, appears to be due to the use of large quantities for culinary purposes. The Departments concerned are actively considering what steps can be taken to ensure supplies for medicinal purposes, and I hope that the publicity given to the matter will help.

Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport

Would it not be possible to discourage the improper use of this liquid by mixing a little peppermint with it?

Mr. Stokes


Mr. Shinwell

That seems to me to be a pathological question.