HC Deb 17 December 1945 vol 417 cc1084-5W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the fact that a proportion of the sugar sent from this country to France is used by the French Government for the manufacture of liqueurs which are then exported to the United Kingdom and in view of the small ration 0f sugar received by the people in this country, steps can be taken, in conjunction with the Board of Trade, to reduce the amount of sugar exported to France and, as soon as possible, to increase the sugar ration here proportionately.

Sir B. Smith

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for West Derbyshire (Mr. C. White) on 31st October, 1945, in which I made it quite clear that shipments of sugar from this country to France are repaid in full out of the allocations made to France by the combined Food Board. Consequently, they do not reduce in any way the supplies available for this country.