HC Deb 04 December 1946 vol 431 cc333-4
53. Mr. Gerald Williams

asked the Minister of Food if he will provide more and better raw materials for the manufacture of biscuits in this country, instead of damaging the goodwill of British biscuit manufacturers by importing biscuits that are packed better, and are of better quality than is possible in this country.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (Dr. Edith Summerskill)

Immediately supplies permit, biscuit manufacturers will be allowed increased allocations of raw materials of the best available quality. I have no reason to believe that, in general, the quality of foreign biscuits, or the type of packing employed, will adversely affect the goodwill of British manufacturers.

Mr. Williams

Is the Minister aware that the quality is affecting the goodwill of the biscuit manufacturers in this country very disastrously?

Dr. Summerskill

I would remind the hon. Member that so far we have not imported any biscuits.

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