HC Deb 11 December 1946 vol 431 c1159
58. Mr. Digby

asked the Minister of Food whether, in reviewing the distribution of points-rationed foodstuffs, he will consider increasing the allocation of dried fruit to small retailers, since the present allocation of dried fruit to small grocers in country districts in Dorset is 1 oz. per ration book, whereas large multiple. stores with no registered customers are allowing their customers to buy up to 11b. per head.

Mr. Strachey

Allocations to all grocers are based on sugar registration; and to fruiterers and dried fruit specialists without registered customers on their prewar trade. Our allocations have never been less than 4 oz. per registration for four weeks, and if any retailer has not been offered the right amount, I shall be glad to have particulars.

Mr. Walkden

Can my right hon. Friend say anything about the Greek crop of currants? We expected them, but we have not seen any yet.

Mr. Strachey

We are making considerable purchases of currants in Greece, although not as many as we would like.

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