§ 56. Mr. Russell
asked the Minister of Food what quantities of tea will be imported from India and Ceylon, respectively, during the current year; and how they compare with the shipments last year.
§ Mr. F. Willey
We have reached agreement with the Governments of India and Ceylon about the best way of procurement this year but have yet to conclude contracts with individual producers. I cannot, therefore, say yet how much tea we shall get from them in 1950.
§ Mr. Russell
Can the hon. Gentleman say when he will be able to give the amounts? Has this not already been delayed long enough?
§ Sir H. Williams
Was there any shortage of tea before the hon. Gentleman's Department interfered with it?