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Christmas Bonuses

Volume 480: debated on Wednesday 8 November 1950

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60.

asked the Minister of Food in view of the anticipated shortage of supplies of imported turkeys, for reasons over which the trade has no control, what the prospects are of a bonus issue of meat and bacon at Christmas.

63.

asked the Minister of Food if, in view of the fact that adequate stocks are at present held by the trade, he will increase the consumer ration of chocolate and sugar confectionery during the next two ration periods and so enable those who wish to do so to purchase now the extras they require at Christmas time.

As my right hon. Friend said on Monday, 6th November, he hopes to make a statement about Christmas bonuses in the near future.

When the Minister makes his statement will he bear in mind that such traditional sources of small turkeys as Italy, Hungary and Yugoslavia will, as a matter of Government policy, not be open to purchasers this season?