HC Deb 11 December 1946 vol 431 cc1167-8
76. Brigadier Mackeson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the quantity of beans available for export from Cyprus during the past year; the average crop of beans grown in Cyprus; and what percentage of this year's crop has been or will be exported to this country.

Mr. Creech Jones

About 45,000 tons of carobs. [Laughter.]

Brigadier Mackeson

Is the Minister aware that the Question is about beans and not carrots?

Mr. Creech Jones

Then I must have further notice of the Question. [Interruption.] It may be that the hon. and gallant Gentleman thought that I said "carrots." I am referring to carob beans. I am sorry. Perhaps I can now give the information about carob beans.

About 45,000 tons of carobs will be exported in 1946. The average crop grown is about 50,000 tons United Kingdom purchases this year will be approximately 25 per cent. of the crop.