§ 35. Mr. Stokes
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what vegetables are being supplied to the British zone from Holland this winter; and if he will state the approximate quantity in thousands of tons.
§ Mr. J. Hynd
We have arranged for the supply of some 100,000 tons of turnips, beetroot, cabbage, carrots and cauliflowers.
§ Mr. Stokes
Is it not correct to state that no less than 140,000 tons was then or will be available, and why has all that not been taken up?
§ Mr. Hynd
As a matter of fact, the estimates of availability of Dutch vegetables have been reduced very considerably in the latest estimate. The reduced figure we 1600 have is of no more than 300,000 tons of Dutch vegetables available for general disposal, and we have secured at least 100,000 tons for Germany alone.
§ Mr. Walkden
Is it not true that in recent months we have refused to accept vegetable products from Holland for reasons of barter difficulties or the argument as to who is going to pay?