§ Mr. W. H. Green
asked the Minister of Food whether he will cause special inquiries to be made into the possibility of increasing supplies of fats and sugar for the manufacture of cake and flour confectionery in Deal and district where, owing to the return of population, an acute shortage has been caused.
§ Colonel Llewellin
The population in the Deal district has, between 31st December,658W 1943, and 14th October, 1944, risen by four per cent. Allocations of fats and sugar to bakers are adjusted periodically on a sliding scale, by which increases or decreases in the allocation rates are made by reference to population movement. In the event of any extraordinary movement of population special arrangements are made by the Ministry for the issue of supplementary permits for fats and sugar and other rationed commodities. Such a situation has not arisen in the Deal district, but should it do so, the necessary action will be taken to deal with it.