§ Mr. C. EDWARDS
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food if the shortage of sugar is such that it is really necessary to limit the supply of sugar for jam making by domestic users to 2 lbs. per head; if not, by what authority are the inhabitants of Kensington so limited; and, if such a limit has been placed, how does it compare with the allowance given last year?
§ Sir W. MITCHELL-THOMSON
The shortage of sugar is unfortunately such that the quantity available for domestic fruit preserving is very considerably less than was available last year. The hon. Member is, however, mistaken is supposing that the supply is absolutely limited to 2 lbs. per head. That quantity is allotted in respect of each member of an applicant's household, including those applicants who wish to make jam from bought fruit, but an additional quantity at the rate of 1 lb. of sugar for every 8 lbs. of fruit available for preserving is granted to persons who actually grow their own fruit. The total quantity to be allotted for distribution is 35,000 tons as against 64,500 tons allotted last year.