§ 11. Mr. Harrison
asked the Minister of Food why there has been a fall in the production of home grown sugar as compared with last year.
§ Mr. Harrison
Could my right hon. Friend tell us if there is any intention of increasing the acreage for home sowing, to help overcome this vast and irksome shortage in the homes?
§ 25. Mr. Harrison
asked the Minister of Food what recent diminution of supplies of sugar from Empire and Commonwealth sources there has been; what are the reasons for this; and if he will take steps to overcome the dollar difficulties existing in the West Indies by means of barter agreements, arranging for the exchange of manufactured goods for sugar and other island products.
§ Mr. Webb
There has been no recent falling off in supplies of sugar from Commonwealth sources. On the contrary, Commonwealth sugar supplies have been increasing and are planned to go on increasing for some years to come. As the West Indies are in the sterling area their dollar difficulties are a part of the general dollar problem of the sterling area which we are all engaged in a common effort to remedy.
§ Mr. Harrison
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the supply of sugar from British sources in the Carribean and British Guiana has fallen considerably, compared with the supplies of two years ago?
§ 26. Mr. Harrison
asked the Minister of Food when he anticipates that the negotiations at present proceeding regarding the purchase of West Indian sugar supplies will be concluded.
§ 40. Mrs. Castle
asked the Minister of Food how much sugar has been allocated during the past year for the manufacture of canned sweet puddings; and how this compares with the previous year.
§ Mrs. Castle
Is my right hon. Friend aware that there has been an increasing tendency by his Ministry to increase the allocation of sugar for manufacturing purposes of all kinds, although the domestic ration is in danger? Is he further aware that the housewife would much rather have the sugar to make her own puddings, which are cheaper and better; and will he reverse this process?