HC Deb 14 June 1944 vol 400 c1973
54. Mr. Riley

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the fact that last season was a disastrous one for the Palestine citrus industry, he can now state what plans have been decided in order to help the citrus growers to meet the costs of cultivation in the forthcoming season.

Colonel Stanley

A proposal has recently been received from the High Commissioner to continue during the forthcoming season the system of guaranteed cultivation advances to the citrus industry which applied during the 1943/44 season and to which I referred in my answer to the hon. Member on 15th March. This proposal is now receiving urgent consideration, and I hope that a final decision will be reached at a very early date.

Mr. Riley

Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman state what is the amount proposed?

Colonel Stanley

I cannot do so offhand. Perhaps the hon. Member will put that Question down, and I will give him an answer.