HC Deb 17 May 1950 vol 475 c1209
52. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Minister of Food whether, in connection with the importation of canned fruit he is table to state the average percentage of syrup content.

Mr. F. Willey

I cannot give a figure for all imported canned fruit, but that imported by my Department contains about 40 per cent. of syrup.

Mr. De la Bère

Can the Minister tell us why certain imported canned fruit is allowed to come in with a 20 per cent. syrup content, while home canned fruits have always to have 40 per cent., which is obviously very detrimental to home canning?

Mr. Willey

I have replied for the imports for which my Department is responsible. I have no knowledge about the other imports, but I can assure the hon. Member that the question of fixing standards for all canned fruits is under consideration.

Mr. De la Bère

The hon. Gentleman ought to have some knowledge.

Major Legge-Bourke

When the Parliamentary Secretary says he has no knowledge about imports of a lower content than 40 per cent., will he look at the correspondence I sent him about a week ago?

Mr. Willey

Yes, Sir.