HC Deb 29 October 1919 vol 120 cc735-6W

asked the hon. Member for Cheltenham, as Chairman of the Kitchen and Refreshment Rooms Com- mittee, whether, in view of the fact that sugar, as such, is available for guests and Members in practically every hotel and club in London and the provinces, he can so organise the distribution of his allowance as to make it possible to provide sugar for Members and guests wishing to partake of coffee or tea in the dining and tea rooms of the House of Commons?


In reply to the hon. Member I regret to say that as on 20th October the Ministry of Food reduced the sugar ration in catering establishments, the scale on which supplies are allowed will be until further notice at the rate of one-seventh of an ounce per meal served. Our allowance is distributed on this basis, but the large proportion needed for culinary purposes does not leave any surplus sugar for sweets or coffee. The ration of one-seventh of an ounce can be served with teas, and saccharine will be supplied with coffee.