§ 43. Mr. Baldwin
asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the fact that the Canadian Government are sending a further million boxes of gift apples to Great Britain, it is proposed to distribute these boxes as gifts to consumers or whether they will be sold to the trade.
§ Mr. Webb
I am grateful to the hon. Member for giving me this opportunity of thanking publicly the fruit growers of British Columbia who have sent us this most generous gift. The Commonwealth Gift Centre will distribute to school children as many of the apples as it can safely handle. However, we have incurred heavy freight charges from Vancouver which we must recover, and the remainder of the apples will, therefore, be sold at current prices. I might add that the donors have agreed to this course.
§ Mr. Baldwin
Will the Minister make quite sure that our Canadian friends know the position, because they are very much annoyed to think that the apples which they are sending as a gift are being 743 sold to the public? They feel that the Ministry of Food are using this method to cover up losses on some of their other purchases.
§ Mr. Osborne
Can the Minister tell the House what are the average transport costs per pound of apples?