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Mincemeat

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 22 March 1951

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asked the Minister of Food why a mixture of currants, sultanas and sugar is on sale to the public at 2s. a lb., in view of the fact that these ingre- dients, mixed together in equal proportions, should cost about 10½d. a lb. at current prices; why sugar is allowed for this mixture; and how much sugar is allocated for this purpose.

These mixtures have been imported under the open general licence for mincemeat which is not price-controlled. No sugar is allocated by my Department for the manufacture of dry mixtures of this kind. The definition of mincemeat in the open general licence was amended on 1st February so as to exclude this product, and sales will cease as soon as existing stocks and quantities which importers contracted for before that date have been disposed of.