§ Mr. Bossom
asked the Minister of Food whether he has issued as large a quantity of the ingredients required in making chocolate and cocoa since rationing has been removed as was being issued before that time; and whether the same quantity has been made available to manufacturers for each of the last six months.
§ Mr. Strachey
Total allocations of ingredients for chocolates have been at more or less the same level since 30th January because we increased the rate of issue by 18½per cent. three months before derationing, to enable traders to build up stocks well in advance. Manufacturers may draw their allocations when they wish during the allocation period and consequently any detailed comparison would be misleading. Cocoa powder has throughout been unrationed and allocations for this have been on a replacement basis.