HC Deb 20 July 1953 vol 518 cc24-5
33. Mr. Bullard

asked the Minister of Food whether he is satisfied that the supplies of sugar available to jam manufacturers are adequate to enable them to deal with the present year's crop of blackcurrants.

Major Lloyd George

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Bullard

Is the Minister aware that the price paid to the growers of blackcurrants this year has generally been a poor one? Will he do everything possible to encourage their use in jam making and for other food products?

Major Lloyd George

I will certainly do everything I can, but even last year I do not think it was the supply of sugar which was the main difficulty.

Mrs. Mann

If there is a flush of blackcurrants in England, will the Minister send them to Scotland, where they are priced at 2s. a lb., which is out of the reach of the ordinary housewife for jam making?