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Dried Fruit

Volume 480: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that housewives are unable to purchase the necessary dried fruit for their Christmas puddings and mincemeat owing to the fact that allocations of dried fruit in village stores are inadequate in comparison with the sup plies going to the larger towns; and if he will have this matter remedied.

I cannot agree that village stores do not get their fair share of dried fruit compared with shops in the larger towns. Almost all the dried fruit sold for household use is already allocated on the basis of traders' sugar registrations, so as to ensure that supplies are distributed fairly throughout the country.