HC Deb 22 December 1916 vol 88 cc1848-9W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland (1) if he is aware of the position that has arisen in Headford, county Galway, with regard to the supply of sugar by reason of the fact that the firm in Galway city which until recently supplied several Headford traders with sugar has gone out of business, following on the death of its head; that no other firms are allowed to supply the traders with the amounts that they used to get from the Galway firm; that as a result Headford is largely deprived of sugar altogether; and that the Sugar Commission has failed to make new arrangements for supplying the district; and what he proposes to do; (2) how many shopkeepers in Headford, county Galway, have at. present supplies of sugar to retail to the public and the amount they have to dispose of; and (3) if the Chancellor of the Exchequer is aware that Headford, county Galway, is practically without sugar by reason of the fact that the firm in Galway which supplied it to several retailers there is now closed down; that the Sugar Commission refuses to supply any sugar until it has traced fully the sources of the former supply; that this may take a considerable time; and whether he will make arrangements for a provisional supply of sugar to Head-ford traders pending further action by the Sugar Commission?


I will answer my hon. Friend's three questions together. I am aware of the shortage of sugar at Head-ford, but I am informed by the Royal Commission on the Sugar Supply that they hope to put the matter right very shortly.

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