§ 45. Mr. Edelman
asked the Minister of Food what arrangements he has concluded for the importation of French meat into Britain.
§ The Minister of Food (Mr. Strachey)
Canned and open pack cooked meats are already being imported into this country from France by private traders under licence, but our health regulations prevent imports of carcase meat at present. We shall soon be having talks with the French Authorities to try to solve this difficulty.
§ Mr. Edelman
While welcoming the importation of canned meat from France, may I ask my right hon. Friend if he will bear in mind that it is much more economical to import the carcase meat which the French wish to provide under their Four-Year Plan? Will he also resist any tendentious propaganda by special interests to prevent French meat being sent to this country?
§ Mr. Strachey
Certainly; we are very anxious to arrange what would be a valuable interchange of goods in this respect.
§ Mr. Baldwin
Before he gives any licence for the importation of carcase meat from the Continent, will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind the importance of making quite sure that he has considered the risk of foot-and-mouth disease being imported into this country from the Continent, where it is so prevalent?
§ Captain John Crowder
Can the Minister say whether any arrangements are being made to import fresh pork from France, as I understood there were to be some arrangements?