HC Deb 15 March 1917 vol 91 cc1270-1
65. Mr. LOUGH

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has received any protest from the Australian Government against the prohibition on the import of apples to this country; and whether the Government have decided to take any steps to modify their proposals in this respect?


The Commonwealth Government appreciate the gravity of the situation which has dictated the restriction, and are prepared to fall in with any measures which are necessary. They have, however, pointed out that great confusion and loss will be entailed on those interested by the sudden prohibition, and His Majesty's Government are considering what steps can be taken to meet the situation.


Can my right hon. Friend say whether one consignment of 5,000 bushels of apples already in this country can be allowed to get through?


Already in this country? If it is already in this country it cannot help getting through; it is here.

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