HC Deb 15 July 1941 vol 373 c476W
Sir Granville Gibson

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he has yet taken suitable steps to stimulate greater use of West African cocoa as a beverage and in lieu of foreign-grown coffee, and in order to help the West African growers; and, to that end, will he, if necessary, mix Dominion-produced dried milk powder with the cocoa powder for consumption as a prepared-compound food?

Major Lloyd George

I can assure my hon. Friend that cocoa from West Africa is being brought to this country to the full limit of the shipping position. The Ministry is endeavouring to draw the attention of the public to the value of cocoa as a beverage. As regards my hon. Friend's suggestion in the last part of his Question, the supplies of dried milk which are being received from the Dominions are intended primarily to meet the anticipated shortage of milk in this country during the coming winter. They are not available for such manufacturing purposes as my hon. Friend has in view.

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