HC Deb 10 May 1948 vol 450 cc1727-8
39. Brigadier Rayner

asked the Minister of Food whether he will give an estimate of next year's beer production based on the materials he will be allowing brewers.

Mr. Strachey

We must see how much grain is available from the coming harvest before we can make such an estimate.

Brigadier Rayner

In view of the fact that the brewing industry have warned the Minister that the 25 per cent. cut in sugar will lead next year to a drop in production of something between 20 and 30 million gallons, will the Minister say whether the bulk will be made up in the usual way by the addition of even more water?

Mr. Strachey

Whether next year it will be possible to allocate to the brewers either further barley or sugar remains to be seen. We shall certainly do so if we can