HC Deb 26 June 1940 vol 362 c450
41. Mr. Silkin

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, as the food value of bananas is substantially less than sugar while being more expensive, he will consult with the appropriate department in order to effect a reduction in the import of bananas, so that the import of sugar may be increased.

Mr. Boothby

No decrease in the imports of sugar has resulted from any lack of shipping which could have been made good by the transfer of the specially-built banana boats to the transport of sugar. Moreover, owing to the different types of shipping employed in these two trades, the adoption of the hon. Member's suggestion would not necessarily produce the results which he desires.