HC Deb 11 February 1953 vol 511 c409
36. Mr. Bence

asked the Minister of Food what increase has taken place in the stocks of margarine since 1st December, 1952.

Major Lloyd George

It would be contrary to practice to diselose stock figures.

Mr. Bence

Is the Minister aware that there is a great deal of indignation among housewives, particularly in Scotland, at the fact that, although he will not reveal his stocks of margarine, it is presumed there is an increase as he is giving them a bonus for the Coronation; that it would have been far better to have given it for Christmas, when people are at home, or —in Scotland—for the New Year, when people have their own celebrations there?

Mr. Lewis

Without revealing the stocks of margarine, can the Minister say whether there is a considerable non-take-up of rations?