§ 47. Mr. Peter Roberts
asked the Minister of Food whether he will forthwith double the ration of preserves, at the same time making such increase in the preserve ration not exchangeable for sugar.
§ Mr. Roberts
Is the Minister aware that in the Sheffield area and, I think, in the rest of the country, the stocks of jam in the grocers' shops are full, and the manufacturers have a surplus in reserve? Could not some of it be distributed, and so have the effect of bringing down the price of jam?
§ Dr. Summerskill
The hon. Gentleman is correct. I do not deny that there is plenty of jam in Sheffield just now, but he must realise that there are special factors operating. We have just made an issue of bitter oranges, with the result that women are taking sugar in lieu of jam. If we find, later on, that we have a surplus, we are quite prepared to give a bonus issue. The House must remember that a bonus issue represents 20,000 tons.
§ Mrs. Leah Manning
Is the Minister aware that the majority of women will resent the fact that they have to buy jam, rather than have the opportunity to make pure, wholesome jam?