HC Deb 18 June 1940 vol 362 cc21-2
43. Sir A. Baillie

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has yet been able to form any estimate of the probable size of the plum and current crops this year in Kent and other fruit-growing counties; and whether he is satisfied that adequate arrangements have been made to ensure their distribution and preservation without waste?

Mr. T. Williams

The Ministry has received from its inspectors estimates of the prospects of the fruit crops in Kent and in other fruit-growing counties. Ways and means of making full use of the anticipated plum crop are tinder consideration with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Food.

Mr. De la Bère

Will the Minister give his active consideration to the Evesham area in this matter?

Mr. Williams

Perhaps the hon. Member will allow me to see him after Questions.

Sir J. Lamb

Will consideration also be given to those who grow small quantities of fruit, which, in the aggregate, may mean a considerable amount?

Mr. Williams

I think my right hon. Friend has taken into consideration the small as well as the large grower of fruit.