41. Mr. De la Bère
asked the Minister of Food whether, with a view to offsetting the small meat ration, he will now consider increasing the sugar ration by eight ounces per person per week.
§ Mr. Webb
The sugar ration has recently been increased from 8 oz. to 10 oz. a week as from 1st January. In addition there will be some sugar bonuses, details of which are being given today in reply to a written Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Coatbridge and Airdrie (Mrs. Mann). These improvements are as much as we can make this year and, I think, will be generally appreciated as an adequate contribution, in the light of our general supply problems, to the food supplies of the nation.
§ Mr. De la Bere
May we have the detailed part of the right hon. Gentleman's answer to his hon. Friend the Member for Coatbridge and Airdrie (Mrs. Mann)?
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
Could the right hon. Gentleman oblige the House by giving us the figures which may, by mischance, not have been given earlier? There is no guarantee that the hon. Member may not have been delayed by some trains having been taken off.
§ Mr. Keeling
Would the right hon. Gentleman consider allowing people who are willing to forgo their sweet ration to buy sugar instead?
Mr. De la Bère
Is it not really possible to do more in the case of this vital necessity? If sugar is not in world short supply surely the Government can do something practical today?
§ Mr. Nabarro
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the production of sugar beet last year reached a record level? Why should that not have the effect of increasing the sugar ration?