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Preserving Jars

Volume 436: debated on Monday 28 April 1947

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asked the President, of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the acute shortage of bottles for the bottling of fruit this year in the Dorset area; and what steps are being taken to increase the production and ensure a proper allocation.

There is a general shortage of all glass containers, although the industry's output is about 20 per cent. above prewar. Demand is, however, even higher—particularly in the case of preserving jars. We are doing all we can to help the manufacturers to step up their production, and licences are freely granted for the import of preserving jars. I am satisfied that manufacturers are trying to distribute available supplies as evenly as possible.