Sweets

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th June 1949.

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Photo of Sir Austen Albu Sir Austen Albu , Edmonton 12:00 am, 29th June 1949

asked the Minister of Food whether, before sweets were de-rationed, his Department carried out any survey to ascertain potential consumer demand.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

No such survey was carried out by my Department. But the manufacturers have always operated consumer surveys, and the information derived from recent surveys appeared to indicate that with the higher quantity of ingredients which we could give them they would be able to meet the demand at present prices.

Photo of Sir Austen Albu Sir Austen Albu , Edmonton

In view of the apparently unsatisfactory nature of the survey, and also of the changing nature of the demands and the distribution of national income, would my right hon. Friend in future consider using the services of the Social Survey before de-rationing any further commodities?

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

We always use the service which we think is appropriate.