HC Deb 30 March 1949 vol 463 c1222
66. Mr. Thomas Reid

asked the Minister of Food if he will make a statement with regard to Jamaica's request for an increase of £3 a ton for sugar purchased from the island by Britain.

Dr. Summerskill

His Majesty's Government announced in December last that the price of £27 5s. per ton paid in 1948 to Colonial producers of raw sugar would be maintained for the 1949 crops. Careful consideration was given to the British West Indian request for an increase of £3 per ton, but it was decided that no increase over the 1948 price could be justified.

Mr. Reid

May I ask my right hon. Friend to see that, in these negotiations, the price of cane sugar will not be based at all on the price of sugar from beet?

Dr. Summerskill

We take into account the price of both when we are considering the price to be paid.

Mr. De la Bère

Why not de-ration sugar altogether and let the babies have it?