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Volume 466: debated on Monday 27 June 1949

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asked the Minister of Food whether he has considered the advertisement, of which a copy has been sent to him, of a Yorkshire firm appearing in a Hampshire paper offering chocolates at 11s. for 2 lbs.; and whether he will now restore rationing of sweets to ensure that all who cannot afford to buy large quantities at high prices get fair shares.

We have made inquiries and the prices advertised are those authorised by my Department. As regards the reimposition of rationing, I can add nothing at present to the reply given by my right hon. Friend on 22nd June to my hon. Friend the Member for Kings Norton (Mr. Blackburn).


asked the Minister of Food whether he will now take steps to ensure that a supply of sweets is available for every child.

So long as demand is in excess of supply I do not think we can do what my hon. Friend proposes except by the resumption of rationing.