HC Deb 12 August 1919 vol 119 cc1109-10W

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that poor people could not make jam owing to the prices of earlier fruits; and whether he will con- sider the possibility of encouraging the-manufacture of home-made jam from wild, fruits or from the hard fruits now obtain able by increasing the allotment of sugar from 50 per cent, to 75 per cent, of the amount originally intended to be issued for preserving purposes?


The issue of sugar for the domestic preserving of autumn fruits is being made at the rate of 50 per cent, of the quantities applied for, and, as the sugar issued for preserving soft fruits was in many cases in excess of the actual requirements, it is anticipated that, with the surplus from the earlier issue, the amount now available will be generally sufficient. I would add that the total issue of sugar for domestic preserving exceeds the amount originally allotted to this purpose and cannot be increased.

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