HC Deb 14 February 1949 vol 461 cc770-1
28. Sir Ronald Ross

asked the Minister of Food what was the purchase price per ton of the maize bought by the United Kingdom and lent to Eire.

Mr. Strachey

The approximate c.i.f. cost was £32 9s. 4d. per long ton.

Sir R. Ross

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that the price of the maize with which Eire repaid this country was very much cheaper, and what is the point of subsidising Eire agriculture, from which we get nothing?

Mr. Strachey

There was no question of a penny of subsidy to Eire agriculture in this transaction.

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