HC Deb 21 May 1941 vol 371 cc1536-7
37. Mr. J. Griffiths

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, in view of the advice tendered that such fruit as blackberries and black currants contain vitamin C and are good substitutes, in that respect, for oranges, he will make available supplies of sugar to enable those who grow, or can collect, these fruits to preserve them?

Major Lloyd George

It is not intended to allow any part of the valuable crops to which my hon. Friend refers, which can be collected, to be wasted through lack of sugar for preserving them. The demand of the jam manufacturers and of the fresh fruit trade for the commercially grown crops is expected to be keen, and special arrangements have been made for such fruit as does not find a ready market, to be preserved in co-operative centres throughout the country.

Mr. Griffiths

Will the Minister take an early opportunity of making well known to the public whatever decision the Department makes?

Mr. A. Bevan

Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman realise that many housewives will find it extremely distasteful to collect the fruit themselves and take it to a centre, and then have the jam made in accordance with recipes which they do not like?