HC Deb 11 February 1946 vol 419 cc31-2
61. Mr. Champion

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will in the interests of the home producers, exercise a strict control over the importation of market garden produce.

Mr. T. Williams

Licences for the importation of market garden produce are issuable by the Import Licensing Department of the Board of Trade in consultation with my Department and the Ministry of Food. The interests of home producers are taken into account before the issue of licences is recommended.

Mr. Evelyn Walkden

Cannot the Minister tell us whether we are likely to get any of this very much needed market garden produce here at home, on British housewives' tables?

Mr. Williams

I should like my hon. Friend to tell me first of all where it is, and then I will tell my right hon. Friend the Minister of Food.

Mr. De la Beré

Why not wake up the Empire?

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