HC Deb 14 May 1953 vol 515 cc90-1W
Mr. G. Williams

asked the Minister of Food what number of calories per penny the British consumer will obtain from the recent purchase of 600,000 tons of Cuban sugar, assuming such sugar to be untaxed and unsubsidised.

Major Lloyd George

The recent purchase of sugar from Cuba was 1 million tons to be taken during 1953 and 1954. This is, of course, only part of the total supply required to meet unrationed consumption and the unsubsidised price must take into account all other supplies for consumption in the United Kingdom. If this special purchase of Cuban sugar were to be sold separately to the British consumer at an unsubsidised and untaxed price I calculate that he would obtain 344 calories per penny.