§ 23. Mr. KING
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that jam may be made with no sugar but using glucose, corn-sugar, or corn-syrup as a substitute; and whether supplies of these substitutes can be made available for growers of their own fruit who in the coming summer are prepared to make jam for home consumption?
I am informed that liquid glucose, corn-sugar, and corn-syrup can to some extent be used as diluents of sugar in the making of jam; but no considerable supplies of these articles are likely to be available for this purpose during the present year.
§ 27. Mr. ROWLANDS
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware of the desire of the private fruit growers to know if there will be a supply of sugar for jam-making, as at the present time the sugar which was issued last year is enabling a number of householders to restrict their demand for butter, margarine, etc.; and can he slate whether a similar supply of sugar will be available this year?
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. I have already stated that Lord Rhondda hopes to make a definite announcement on this subject at an early date.
§ Mr. ROWLANDS
Will the hon. Gentleman see that the announcement is made as soon as possible, as the fruit growers want to know what they are to do?