21st February 1949.
Sweet rationing came into force on 26th July 1942.
Labour’s Food Minister, Mr Strachey on Monday February 21st 1949, announced de-rationing of sweets with effect from April 24th.
However demand outstripped supply, forcing a volte face by the government as rationing was re-introduced four months later.
We read in Hansard that Noel-Baker MP asking the Food Minister, now Edith Summerskill, as to the date when it would be re-introduced.(1)
In the meantime children were having to satisfy their ‘sweet tooth’ to supplement their 4oz a week meagre ration with, Spanish Sticks, Liquorice Root and ‘Kayli’ Sherbet Dabs. (2)
Then there was rhubarb and sugar, liquorice boot-laces, locust beans (shrivelled, brown, sweet beans), to relieve a kids’ diet mainly consisting of sago and semolina puddings, bread and jam, meat dripping, lard, bacon fat and every part of an animal-offal-you wouldn’t want to hear of.
I’m just about to demolish some pigs’ trotters. Good Eating!
(1) HC Debate 13 July, 1949 v 467, c427.
(2) sweet de-rationing had been cunningly announced 48 hours before the Hammersmith by-election. Punch Impressions of Parliament 23.3.1949.
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