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Volume 478: debated on Wednesday 25 October 1950

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asked the Minister of Food whether he has decided to purchase the consignment of sugar he has been offered from France.


asked the Minister of Food whether the Government will negotiate for the supplies of sugar from the dollar sources in terms of sterling in the same successful manner that supplies of dollar petrol were obtained for sterling, with a view to ensuring the cessation of sugar rationing.

The circumstances in the case of petrol were quite exceptional and in no way form a precedent. I can assure the hon. Member that we will bear this suggestion in mind, but there are, in the case of sugar, serious disadvantages in arrangements of this kind.