HC Deb 23 November 1950 vol 481 c84W
116. Mr. Odey

asked the Minister of Food whether he is prepared to sponsor the import of Mannitol for the manufacture of sweet base for diabetics, in view of the lack of other suitable alternatives for sugar.

Mr. F. Willey

I am advised that mannitol is not a medical necessity; it is obtained almost entirely from dollar sources; and many other suitable sweetening agents are already on sale. In these circumstances, I do not think that we would be justified in sponsoring its import.