HC Deb 21 December 1938 vol 342 cc2870-1
44. Captain Strickland

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the volume of citrus exports from Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jaffa ports, respectively, up to the latest date for which statistics are available; and how the volume of such exports compares with that for the 1937 season?

Mr. M. MacDonald

As the answer contains a number of figures I will, with my hon. and gallant Friend's permission, circulate it with the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Crossley

Could my right hon. Friend add some particulars about the prices in those two years and tell us, further, how many trees have been cut down owing to over-production?

Mr. MacDonald

I cannot state that now, but I will communicate with my hon. Friend on those points.

Following is the answer:

The following are the figures for citrus exports from Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jaffa for the seasons October, 1936, to May, 1937, and October, 1937, to May, 1938:

Jaffa Haifa. Tel Aviv.
Cases. Cases. Cases.
Oct., 1936— 3,601,825 6,662,051 349,013
May, 1937.
Oct., 1937— 3,928,774 6,288,361 1,010,094
May, 1938.

No statistics are yet available for the present season.