HC Deb 21 October 1943 vol 392 cc1531-2W
Colonel Carver

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food how much jam made by women's institutes was allowed to be sold to the public through retail grocers; and whether, as it is normally much purer than the ordinary manufactured jam, he will give effect to the general desire of the public to be allowed to purchase it?

Mr. Mabane

Preliminary estimates indicate that out of a total production of about 600 tons of jams and jellies made by Women's Institutes in 1943, 540 tons will have been sold to retail grocers for supply as part of the domestic preserves ration. While my Noble Friend is anxious to encourage as wide a distribution as possible of this jam, the comparatively small quantities available together with the need to economise in transport make it impracticable to ensure that all grocers receive a share of it.