HC Deb 23 April 1951 vol 487 c13
31. Mr. Grey

asked the Minister of Food how far margarine production will be reduced as a result of the shortage of sulphur.

Mr. F. Willey

My right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade—[HON. MEMBERS: "Who is he?"]—informs me that if there is no serious worsening of the sulphur position, it should be possible to maintain supplies to edible oil refiners at their present level. We do not at present contemplate that any cut in margarine production will be necessary.

Mr. Grey

Has my hon. Friend seen recent Press reports, which suggested that margarine production would be reduced as a result of the shortage of sulphur; and does he not think that his reply will cause consternation in the Tory ranks because there will be one thing less for them to exploit?

Mr. Willey

I cannot take any responsibility for Press speculations.