HC Deb 04 December 1933 vol 283 cc1286-7

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will notify the Australian and New Zealand Governments that, unless the price of British-produced meat shows a reasonable profit to the Home producer, the existing free entry of Australian and New Zealand meat will cease on the 30th June, 1934?


The measures to be adopted with regard to imports of meat after 30th June next will receive the Government's careful consideration in due course in consultation with the Dominion Governments concerned. My right hon. Friend will appreciate that in the meantime I am not in a position to make any statement on the particular point he raises.


Does the right hon. Gentleman agree with these constant attacks of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for South Molton (Mr. Lambert)?


I am pointing out that under the Ottawa Agreements points that arise can be considered in June.

30. Captain SHAW

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether in the case of any Dominion or foreign country that has already exported to this country its full quota of any class of butchers' meat allocated for the year ending 31st December next, he will state what steps he proposes to take to provent further landings in excess of the quota?


The latest figures available indicate that the total imports of meat from foreign countries permissible under the Ottawa Agreements Act, 1932, for the year ending 31st December next have not been exceeded. Imports of meat from the Dominions are not regulated under the Act, but the understandings with the Governments of the Commonwealth of Australia and of New Zealand are set out in the Agreements scheduled to the Act.

Captain SHAW

Is it not a fact that Australia has already sent, under the quota for meat, more than was expected under the Agreement?


No, that is not the case with regard to Australia.