§ 19. Sir Patrick Hannon
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether, in view of the fact that large quantities of concentrated orange juice is being supplied to the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, and the Mercantile Marine, from California, he is aware of the development which has taken place in the orange-growing industry in South Africa, and the quality of citrous produce in that Dominion; and whether he will take steps to encourage the use of South African fruit and South African juice for His Majesty's Forces?
§ Mr. Eden
I understand that Government purchases of fruit and fruit juices for the use of His Majesty's Forces 658 mainly consist of canned fruits and lime juice. Such purchases are made by open tender, and, when tendering, Empire producers have the advantage of a substantial preference. Inquiry has failed to confirm the statement in the question that large quantities of concentrated orange juice are being bought for issue to His Majesty's Forces. If my hon. Friend is able to supply me with further particulars, I shall be glad to make further inquiries.
§ Sir P. Hannon
On the general question, will my right hon. Friend assure the House that wherever possible supplies to troops available from overseas Dominions will be given preferential treatment?
§ Major Milner
Will that policy apply to Jaffa oranges from Palestine, which, of course, are the best oranges?
§ Major Milner
I agree, but the question refers to orange juice, and will any preference be given to Palestine from which these oranges come?