HC Deb 22 January 1947 vol 432 cc218-9
60. Mr. Granville Sharp

asked the Minister of Food why the quantity of lemons imported from Italy during 1946 was only approximately 75 per cent. of the 1945 figure; what action he has taken, or proposes taking, to procure increased supplies from Italy or elsewhere during 1947, if necessary at the expense of the more costly fruits; and when these are likely to be available.

Mr. Strachey

In the 1945–46 season imports were smaller because the crop was smaller This year we have already secured about 7,000 tons from Palestine, Cyprus and South Africa, and arrangements have been made to import 12,000 tons from Italy, which will start arriving early in February. I have expectations of getting additional supplies. We do not lose any lemons by importing the minor fruits to which my hon. Friend refers.