HC Deb 12 November 1952 vol 507 c46W
53. Major Beamish

asked the Minister of Food what additional amount of materials would be required to achieve de-rationing of margarine and cooking fat.

Major Lloyd George

Two hundred and twenty-five thousand tons, costing about £22 million, of which £10 million would be in dollars and £12 million in other non-sterling currencies. I would like to take this opportunity of adding that, despite recent statements to the contrary, it is quite wrong to suppose that rationing could be brought to an end without this substantial addition to our imports. Ninety-nine per cent. of the margarine ration is still taken up and there is no sign of a change in public demand.

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