HC Deb 22 March 1950 vol 472 cc1958-9
48. Mrs. Jean Mann

asked the Minister of Food whether he will consider allowing those who find the sweet ration in excess of their requirements, to exchange some points for sugar up to the same sugar content.

Mr. Webb

I am going into the suggestion during my general review of our sugar supplies, and will announce my decision in due course.

Mrs. Mann

Will my right hon. Friend keep in mind, when he is considering the position, that the housewife is at present deprived of the value of the additional milk in the form of milk dishes because of lack of sugar? For instance, if she fancies home baking, she cannot have a little of what she fancies because there is no sugar, and—

Mr. Sydney Silverman

On a point of Order. I do not know whether you, Mr. Speaker, can assist the House in any way, but a great many of us who are anxious to hear what my hon. Friend has to say are prevented from doing so by a constant series of mutterings from the other side, apparently designed to this end?

Mr. Webb

The idea put forward by my hon. Friend is an attractive one, but I regret it is not one we can put into operation. However, we are looking into that problem and many others in a week or two, and perhaps in a month's time I shall announce the result of our general review of the sugar supply problem.

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