HC Deb 26 January 1953 vol 510 cc78-9W
93. Mr. Gibson

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that the reallocation of sugar supplies to confectionery manufacturers has been condemned by the Cocoa, Chocolate and Confectionery Alliance; that the new allocation is unfair to those who have refused to use imported composite materials containing sugar and fat in their sweet manufactures; that a cut of 10 per cent. in supplies of sugar has been imposed on them; and whether he will reconsider this cut and treat all manufacturers alike.

Dr. Hill

My right hon. and gallant Friend has taken fully into account the views of the industry. He is satisfied that the new scheme is as fair and equitable a way as can be devised to relate allocations not only to pre-war usage but to current production. It contains adequate safeguards against hardship.

94. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Food what consultation took place with the cake and biscuit manufacturers and bakers on the subject of the reallocation of raw material; how far his plan will increase the availability of sugar and fat for the trade; and what advantage will accrue to the consuming public from the compulsory imposition of this new system of allocation.

Dr. Hill

Full consultations have taken place with all the trades affected and a wide measure of agreement has been reached with some of them. Reallocation will not by itself make additional supplies of sugar and fats available. But a scheme of allocation which reflects present-day production as well as the prewar pattern must ultimately be of advantage to the public.