HC Deb 07 December 1949 vol 470 cc1886-7
62. Mr. Spence

asked the Minister of Food why the permission granted by him on 30th September, 1949, to import peanuts from India on open general licence has been restricted to shipments made by 24th November, in view of the fact that the main Indian crop is not harvested until the beginning of December.

Mr. Strachey

Peanuts, which are imported on Government account, should have been excluded from the item "nuts edible in shell" in the open general licence to which the hon. Member refers. When this mistake was noticed it was corrected.

Mr. Spence

Could the Minister give an assurance that he has no personal prejudice against peanuts in the shops being provided by private enterprise?

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