Plum Pulp (Preservation)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th July 1952.

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Photo of Sir Frank Medlicott Sir Frank Medlicott , Norfolk Central 12:00 am, 7th July 1952

asked the Minister of Food if he will consider making facilities available for the use of SO, for preserving plum pulp in barrels and tanks and thus increasing the opportunities for the use of home-produced crops of this fruit.

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Newcastle upon Tyne North

Such facilities are already available and I do not think that I could usefully intervene.

Photo of Sir Henry Legge-Bourke Sir Henry Legge-Bourke , Isle of Ely

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend satisfied that the facilities are equal to those available during the war, because if there is not enough sugar it is most important, especially for the plum crop, that SO2 should be used?

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Newcastle upon Tyne North

I gather that the position is that there is a plentiful supply of SO2 available for this purpose. Therefore, if it is necessary to do this, I do not think that there is anything to prevent it being done.

Photo of Sir Henry Legge-Bourke Sir Henry Legge-Bourke , Isle of Ely

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend not aware that one of the difficulties is the actual place in which to put the fruit, not so much the supplies of SO2? Would he look into that matter to see that the capacity for taking the fruit is adequate?

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Newcastle upon Tyne North

I will certainly look into that point.