HC Deb 19 February 1951 vol 484 c860
4. Brigadier Clarke

asked the Minister of Food what profit or loss his Department made on imported Polish geese and what was the cost of cold storing these geese since they were purchased.

The Minister of Food (Mr. Maurice Webb)

The loss made under the last contract made in May, 1949, was £119,594. This included about £25,600 cold storage charges, and the payment of £86,016 import duty to the Exchequer.

Brigadier Clarke

Does the Minister appreciate that many people find Polish geese inedible and that they do not like their geese stored for one year, as they are in this case?

Mr. Webb

Opinions seem to vary. I have heard quite different accounts of the quality of the geese.

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