HC Deb 11 June 1951 vol 488 cc1656-7
38. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Minister of Food what representations he has received from Australia and New Zealand on the admission of Argentine apples under the new trade agreement; and what action he proposes to take to prevent this trade being damaged.

Mr. F. Willey

No such representations have been received. Judging from the keen demand for dessert apples, these supplies have been very welcome to the housewife, and I cannot imagine that the trade has damaged anybody.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

Will not the Minister wait a little while until he realises, and until the Australian and New Zealand apple and pear growers realise, that the market will be flooded with a lot of Argentine apples just before the Australian and New Zealand fruit comes into the market? Will he say why he has done this to the Dominions, which have never held us to ransom?

Mr. Willey

I think I can assure the House that there is no possibility of that happening.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Is not this a typical case of foreign fruit being allowed into this country while British fruit rots?

Mr. Julian Amery

Does not the Parliamentary Secretary's reply mean that the Government are trying to extricate themselves from the muddle they made over meat at the expense of Dominion producers, who are producing other goods?

Mr. Willey

Present prices indicate that there is a very good market for apples in this country.

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