HC Deb 30 January 1918 vol 101 cc1565-6W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether any further reduction of the percentage of sugar to be used in the manufacture of sweets and confectionery is contemplated or about to be ordered; and whether he will take into consideration, before making any Order, the effect of any further reduction upon the 87,000 small sweetstuff shopkeepers, the majority of whom, through age or ill-health, are incapable of earning a living in any other way, and whose sole means of livelihood will be taken away?


No further reduction of this nature is at present in contemplation. Before a further reduction is ordered, if this should become necessary, the effects of it upon the trade will be duly considered, but the question depends always upon the actual availability of supplies.