HC Deb 19 June 1950 vol 476 cc838-9
12. Mr. Bossom

asked the Minister of Food what quantity of cherries was imported from Czechoslovakia last year; what quantity so far this year; and how far this importation is still proceeding.

Mr. Webb

No fresh cherries, frozen cherries or cherry pulp have been imported from Czechoslovakia during 1949 or so far this year. Imports from that country of crystallised or glace cherries and tinned and bottled cherries in syrup were about 30 tons last year and 20 tons during the first four months of this year. Imports of fresh cherries from Czechoslovakia will be allowed as part of the 6,000 tons which may be imported from all sources during June and July. Quotas for processed fruit during the 12 months beginning on 1st July are now being discussed.

Mr. Bossom

Does the Minister ever think of the English farmers when he is allowing the import of this sort of fruit?

Mr. Webb

Constantly. All these arrangements are made in the closest consultation with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture.

Mrs. Castle

Can we be told whether the Opposition ever think of the British housewife?

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