Sugar Cartons

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons on 22nd March 1944.

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Photo of Mr Cyril Culverwell Mr Cyril Culverwell , Bristol West

asked the Minister of Food what complaints he has received from the retail trade of the inadequate packing in which sugar is received from the manufacturers; and what steps he is taking to improve the cartons so as to prevent waste of sugar.

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

This matter is, at present, under discussion with representatives of the trade and if I may, I will communicate later with my hon. Friend. In the meantime, all possible steps are being taken to prevent any waste of foodstuffs, and, in fact, the quality of the cartons has been improved within the last few months.

Photo of Mr Cyril Culverwell Mr Cyril Culverwell , Bristol West

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that the retail trade made complaints more than six months ago about the poor quality of the packages and the waste of sugar that was involved, and does he not think it is time to take more energetic action to put the matter right?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

I have just heard of it and I have seen a letter which recently came to the Ministry. We are going into it urgently now.

Photo of Mr Cyril Culverwell Mr Cyril Culverwell , Bristol West

Surely my right hon. and gallant Friend's predecessor must have heard of a complaint made more than six months ago?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

I am afraid I do not know about that.