HC Deb 27 April 1933 vol 277 cc254-5
40. Mr. LEVY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that the aggregate imports of beef and mutton during the first quarter of 1933 were 70,000 cwts. larger than in the corresponding quarter of 1932; and, as this represents an increase of 1i per cent., when the restriction scheme will begin to operate?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Runciman)

I am aware of this increase in the aggregate imports of beef, mutton and lamb, which is largely due to an increase in imports of mutton and lamb from Australia and New Zealand in the first quarter of this year, as compared with the first quarter of 1932. The undertakings of the Governments of those Dominions to limit the export of frozen mutton and lamb to the United Kingdom apply to the year 1933 as a whole, and do not involve quarterly limitation of imports. The restriction of imports under the Ottawa Agreements came into operation on the 1st January, and in addition, a voluntary arrangement was made for the reduction of imports of chilled beef in the first quarter of this year by 10 per cent. of the quantity admissible under the Ottawa Agreements.


Will the right hon. Gentleman carefully watch during this period to see that the imports are not exceeding the quantity which it is desirable to have in this country under the terms of the agreement?


Yes, Sir. I can give my hon. Friend that assurance.