HC Deb 29 July 1952 vol 504 cc1245-6
13. Mr. Nabarro

asked the Secretary of State for War what steps he is taking to increase consumption of plums and plum products in the Army including plum and apple jam; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Head

The Army has done long and meritorious service in the consumption of plum and apple. I do not wish variety to be sacrificed in the cause of plum consumption but, as things are, the Army, in co-operation with the Royal Air Force, will consume in the next year some 2,425 tons of plum jam and 400 tons of tinned plums.

Mr. Nabarro

Can my right hon. Friend say whether the consumption figure that he has indicated for the next 12 months has been related to the exceptionally heavy plum crop this year; and would it not be reasonable to ask him to swim in the stream with his Ministerial colleagues and place special contracts for plums and plum products in order to help the growers?

Mr. Head

There are other hon. Members interested in other types of fruit.

Mr. Hamilton

Will the Secretary of State consider setting up in this nationalised industry a consumers' council?

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Is my right hon. Friend aware that in the First World War what was called plum and apple jam was actually neither plum nor apple?

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