HC Deb 20 November 1950 vol 481 cc16-7
27. Mr. Gerald Williams

asked the Minister of Food what is the total quantity of apples imported into this country since 16th August last.

Mr. Webb

None, Sir, but, as I told the hon. Member for Newbury (Mr. Hurd) on 25th October we are expecting shipments of Canadian dessert apples for the Christmas trade shortly.

Mr. G. Williams

Will the Minister give us some idea of the quantity of these apples, because at present the prospect of a large importation of apples in the New Year is having a depressing effect on the sale of apples by the British farmer?

Mr. Webb

These apples were grown in the Empire, and should be good.