HC Deb 03 May 1944 vol 399 cc1311-2
53. Mr. Astor

asked the Minister of Food whether he will consider the possibility of providing a market in this country for the high-class wines and liqueurs at present being produced in Palestine.

The Minister of Food (Colonel Llewellin)

In view of the limited shipping space at present available, I regret that I cannot see my way to adopt my hon. Friend's suggestion.

Mr. Astor

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that Jewish enterprise in Palestine has produced some very high-grade products and will he consider trying to give them a market in England when the shipping situation improves?

Mr. Stokes

Before giving consideration to this request, will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman consider giving priority to shipments of olive oil which every housekeeper wants?

Colonel Llewellin

That is rather a different question. We are getting as much olive oil into the country as we can. That is decided, not on shipping, but on supply grounds.

Commander Loeker-Lampson

Can we have a sample of this Palestinian wine and test it in order to decide upon its value?

Colonel Llewellin

Perhaps my hon. Friend who put the Question down will perform that service.

Mr. G. Griffiths

Will the hon. Member put his Question down again, as the Noble Lady the Member for Sutton (Viscountess Astor) is not in her place?

Mr. Gallacher

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman tell us who will consume this wine, in view of the fact that we have been advised that there are no rich left in the country?