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Ice-Cream (Sugar Allocation)

Volume 438: debated on Wednesday 4 June 1947

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asked the Minister of Food why, when his officials informed Mr. W. A. James and Mr. W. G. James, 91, Richmond Street, Brighton, that they would have a decision upon their allocation of sugar for making ice-cream before the Whitsun holiday, they had heard nothing by the Tuesday before Whitsun; and whether he realises that the holiday season is now in full swing in Brighton and he is thus penalising these ex-Service men.

A letter was sent to Messrs. James on 21st May, several days before Whitsun, informing them of a decision which I announced on that date. The decision was that I am now prepared to allow sugar to be issued to ice-cream manufacturers who abandoned their businesses at the outbreak of war provided that before the war they bought sugar for ice-cream making. Messrs. James were invited to submit details of their case to the local food office.