HC Deb 03 June 1935 vol 302 cc1526-7
19. Captain P. MACDONALD

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the fact that English tomato growers are receiving at the present time a smaller net return for their total crop than before the imposition of the import duties on foreign tomatoes in 1932; and whether he proposes to take any steps in the near future to give further assistance to the homegrown tomato industry?


I am aware that the average prices realised for English tomatoes in May, 1935, were lower than in the same month of 1931. As regards the second part of the question it is open to the tomato industry to submit a fresh application to the Import Duties Advisory Committee if they consider that further assistance is required.


Has the right hon. Gentleman noticed the big jump which took place in the price of tomatoes during May?


I was asked about the average price throughout the year.