No, Sir. Norwegian margarine is regularly tested here. It is not thought that the hon. Lady's preference for its distinctive flavour would be generally shared by consumers in this country.
I understand—indeed, I know from personal experience—that Norwegian margarine has rather a strong, sour-milk flavour. Experience has shown that in this country the product we make at home is preferred.
§ Mr. Langford-Holt
On a point of order. Is not it a fact that, according to your Ruling, Sir, and the Ruling of your predecessor, the previous comment by the hon. Member for Coatbridge and Airdrie (Mrs. Mann) is not, in point of fact, a point of order?
§ Mr. Speaker
It has become customary to indicate by these words that what is to follow is not really a supplementary question but a statement on another issue.
§ Sir W. Darling
On a point of order. You called my name, Mr. Speaker. May I respond to it by asking a supplementary question?
§ Mr. Speaker
Before the hon. Member could ask his question notice was given that the matter would be raised on the Adjournment.
§ 40. Mr. F. Harris
asked the Minister of Food how far the present supply position of margarine is adequate to meet demand; and if he will now de-ration this commodity.
As my right hon. and gallant Friend indicated in his reply to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Lewes (Major Beamish) on 12th November, the probable unrationed demand for margarine could not be met without a substantial increase in imports which we can ill afford at present.
§ Mr. Osborne
Can my hon. Friend say what extra raw material supplies will be required to abolish margarine rationing?