HC Deb 06 March 1946 vol 420 cc71-2W
91. Major Niall Macpherson

asked the Minister of Food on what basis he is allocating supplies of imported tinned fruits to the grocery trade; and what proportion of registered customers he anticipates will benefit from his last allocation.

Dr. Summerskill

Supplies of imported canned fruits have been allocated through the usual trade channels so as to give the widest possible distribution. Tinned fruit is sold on points and the question of registration does not, therefore, arise.

92. Major N. Macpherson

asked the Minister of Food what stocks of tinned fruits are at present held in the country; and what period these stocks are expected to cover.

Dr. Summerskill

All our stocks of tinned fruit, amounting to some 15,000 tons, have now been released for sale to the public. It is difficult to estimate how long these stocks will last as it depends upon the way in which the public spends its points.