HC Deb 07 April 1952 vol 498 c2267
21. Mr. Cyril Osborne

asked the Minister of Food what steps he is taking to secure for this country the £100 million of unsaleable surpluses of beef, pork, milk products and feed grain now available in Canada.

Major Lloyd George

For balance of payments reasons we are regretfully compelled at present to confine our purchases of Canadian food mainly to cereals and flour.

Mr. Osborne

If all these foods are available in Canada, cannot we get some loans from Canada so that we can purchase them?

Sir Richard Acland

Does not the Minister, after his months of experience in office, agree that the country was seriously misled for six years by the suggestion that it would really be quite easy by private trading methods to get all these quantities of food, and that it is about time that people realised that it is a bit more difficult than that?

Major Lloyd George

I do not agree at all. It was the only way in which this country got food before the war. Our purpose is to try to rectify the situation left by hon. Gentlemen opposite.