HC Deb 28 February 1940 vol 357 cc2070-1
66. Mr. Price

asked the Minister of Food why, at the end of January, an embargo with retrospective effect was placed on the import of bacon from Latvia, Lithuania, and Esthonia, as this is contrary to the terms of trade treaties in force with those countries; and whether, before imposing this embargo, he consulted with the Ministry of Economic Warfare and the Foreign Office?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

An Order prohibiting the import of bacon, ham and lard from all countries, except under licence, was made on 20th January by the Board of Trade. As one of a number of measures taken to adjust the bacon supply position at that date representatives of the countries referred to by the hon. Member were informed that it was not intended for the time being to issue licences to import. As regards the last part of the Question, my Department is in constant touch with other Government Departments, including the Ministry of Economic Warfare and the Foreign Office, on questions affecting the supply of foodstuffs from overseas.

Mr. Price

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that bacon from these countries will almost certainly go to Germany if we do not carry out our side of the agreement?

Mr. Morrison

All the considerations involved will be taken into account.

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