HC Deb 18 April 1946 vol 421 c2878
36. Mr. Driberģ

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware of the general shortage of custard powder in the shops at Braintree, Essex; and if he will take steps to remedy this shortage

The Minister of Food (Sir Benjamin Smith)

With regard to the first part of the Question the shortage of custard powder is not confined to Braintree but is a general shortage throughout the country. With regard to the second part of the Question there is at present a serious shortage of starch and I am unable to release extra quantities for the manufacture of custard powder, of which it is the chief ingredient. I am, however, making inquiries to see whether Braintree is receiving its fair share of total supplies of custard powder.

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