HC Deb 24 April 1941 vol 371 cc268-9W
Sir H. Morris-Jones

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, in view of the dissatisfaction felt by thousands of housewives who have hitherto made their own jam from their own fruit, with the proposal that they should in future send it to a communal centre, and the probable consequent loss in quality owing to much fruit being sent which is not in the state of ripeness for preservation, he will review the whole position, and allow housewives, under proper safeguards, a quantity of sugar for this season's preservation of fruit?

Major Lloyd George

I regret that, having regard to the need for economy in the use of sugar and to the desirability of distributing the limited supplies as equitably as possible among the whole population, it is impossible to adopt my hon. Friend's suggestion at the present time. The matter will be further considered later in the season if the supply position permits.

Mr. Barnes

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food to what extent it is his intention to use women's organisations to manufacture jam from fruit next season; whether he will state which women's organisations he proposes to use for this purpose; and how the jam-making equipment and labour is to be provided?

Major Lloyd George,

pursuant to his reply [OFFICIAL REPORT, 2nd April, 3:941], supplied the following information:

List of certain voluntary organisations who are being asked to co-operate in the domestic fruit preservation arrangements in England and Wales, 1941:—

Allotments Societies.

Associations of Teachers of Domestic Subjects.

British Legion (Women's Section).

British Women's Temperance Association.

Electrical Association for Women.

Infant Welfare Associations and Clinics.

Local Educational Authorities Women's Institutes.

Local Educational Authorities Youth Committees.

National Council of Social Service (Mutual Service Clubs).

National Council of Women.

Toc "H" (League of Women Helpers).

Townswomen's Guilds.

Women's Citizens Association.

Women's Co-operative Guilds.

Women's Gas Council.

Women's groups connected with churches (including Mothers' Union, Sisterhoods, Catholic Women's League).

Women's groups of political parties.

Women's Voluntary Services.

Young Women's Christian Association.

It should be added that this list is not exhaustive and does not imply that all the associations would be able to help in any given district.