HC Deb 18 June 1951 vol 489 c14
16. Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Food what quantity of apples was envisaged under the item of fresh and industrialised fruits in Schedule No. 1 of the Anglo-Argentine Agreement of 27th June, 1949; and, in view of the danger of imports of these apples in the early months of the year forestalling imports from Australia and New Zealand, whether the Governments of the two Dominions were consulted before this item was included.

Mr. Webb

This item covers all fruits, and there is no specific figure for apples. Australia and New Zealand were not consulted about it, but I do not think that there is any real risk of imports of apples from these countries being affected. This year, in fact, because of the lateness of the Southern Dominion crop and the New Zealand water-front strike, Argentine apples have been welcome, and have been in very good demand.