§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware of the shortage of fat for the fish-frying industry; whether he realises that the inability to obtain fried fish is inflict- 783W ing hardship on large classes of the population; and whether he will consider the question of allowing the fish-friers an extra ration of fat as was apparently done in 1918?
§ Mr. McCURDY
The Food Controller is aware that there is at present a shortage of cotton-seed oil, which is generally used for fish-frying, but supplies of dripping and compound lard are available. Considerable quantities of other suitable oils, such as soya bean oil, are now arriving end will shortly be on the market. In reply to the third part of the question, fats are no longer rationed, but the fish-friers have been invited to form an association in order that supplies may be distributed as far as possible in accordance with the needs of the trade.