HC Deb 27 January 1947 vol 432 c120W
112. Mr. Gammans

asked the Minister of Food how much sugar was purchased by His Majesty's Government from the British West Indies, Cuba, and Haiti, respectively, for the six months ended 31st December, 1946; and the average price paid to each country.

Dr. Summerskill

Purchases are made on the basis of a full year's supply and shipped as freight is available. Six-monthly figures would be misleading. The quantities obtained by the Ministry of Food in 1946 were approximately:

British West Indies and British Guiana 530,000
Cuba 750,000
San Domingo 410,000
Haiti 20,000

The average price per ton c.i.f. U.K. of sugar purchased from the British West Indies and British Guiana was £20 10s. The price of the supplies from the other countries mentioned has not yet been fixed, as it is related to the cost of living index figure in the U.S.A., final figures of which are not available.

113. Mr. Pickthorn

asked the Minister of Food why there is a ship in the Thames loading sugar for the Persian Gulf; and where Mauritius sugar is going to.

Dr. Summerskill

Mauritius sugar is allocated by the International Emergency Food Council to meet the rationed requirements of Middle East countries for which this country is responsible. Until the new crop becomes available, these supplies have to be supplemented by advances from the United Kingdom, which are subject to replacement later in the year.