HC Deb 25 February 1918 vol 103 cc1108-9W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether ho is aware that throughout Ireland sugar is practically unobtainable; whether this is due to a desire to keep all sugar supplies for the people of Great Britain only; whether he is aware that the latter is the general feeling in Ireland; and if steps will be taken to ensure that Ireland will not be exceptionally treated in this matter and adequate supplies given to meet the demand which the Food Controller laid down as a standard and thus allay the anxiety which prevail?


I am not aware that sugar is practically unobtainable in Ireland. My information, on the contrary, is that the supplies there are, if anything, more plentiful than in other parts of the United Kingdom. I cannot believe that the hon. Member can be correct in thinking that there exists in Ireland any general belief that all the sugar is being kept for England, Scotland, and Wales. The supplies for Ireland have throughout been regulated on the same basis as those for other parts of the United Kingdom, except that the rationing system is only now about to come into force in Ireland, as administrative difficulties there prevented its introduction at an earlier date.

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