HC Deb 30 April 1952 vol 499 cc1446-7
30. Sir Harold Roper

asked the Minister of Food whether he will consider permitting sweet coupons to be used to obtain additional sugar in lieu of sweets.

Major Lloyd George

I regret that this is not a practicable arrangement.

Sir H. Roper

Can my right hon. and gallant Friend hold out any hope of an increase in the sugar ration later in the year to enable housewives to make jam?

Major Lloyd George

There would be no difficulty about getting sugar if we had the currency. The one source of supply from which we could get enough is entirely a dollar one.

Mr. Shinwell

Does that mean that the right hon. and gallant Gentleman does not intend to de-ration sugar, at any rate this year?

Major Lloyd George

I cannot say whether it will be this year or not, but it will be done as soon as we have cleared up the mess left by right hon. Gentlemen opposite.

Mr. Archer Baldwin

In view of the fact that it is possible to exchange sugar for sweets does not my right hon. and gallant Friend not think that it would be possible for us to give up our sweet ration for extra sugar?

Major Lloyd George

In any circumstances that scheme would be bound to involve extra purchases of sugar and the administration of it would be extremely difficult. It would make the matter more complicated and cumbersome, and more difficult to get rid of eventually.