asked the Minister of Food whether he will now permit old age pensioners to exchange sweet points for extra sugar as they find the present ration of sugar inadequate.
This idea of a sugar-sweet exchange is undoubtedly attractive. I have already considered it very carefully in the hope that I could make it a general arrangement. But my inquiries have shown—as I have said many times and as recently as 8th November outlined to the hon. Member for Westmorland (Mr. Vane)—that it just will not work. I regret that these reasons apply with equal force to the proposed transfer scheme for old age pensioners, suggested by the two hon. Gentlemen.