HC Deb 12 December 1949 vol 470 c219W
71. Mr. Lambert

asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the large crop of cider apples, he will reconsider his decision to reduce the allocation of sugar to cider manufacturers in January.

Dr. Summerskill

This year, we were able to give cider makers extra sugar to enable them to take up the greatest possible quantity of apples. But we have had to reduce the total allocation of sugar for manufacturing purposes in 1950 and we cannot afford to exempt cider makers from their share of the reduction.

72. Mr. Lambert

asked the Minister of Food on what principle the amount of cider is assessed which may be imported into this country for the purposes of blending.

Dr. Summerskill

Cider is now on open general import licence and it is for cider manufacturers themselves to determine how much they will need for blending with their own production.