HC Deb 27 May 1952 vol 501 cc1138-9
25. Mr. G. R. Howard

asked the President of the Board of Trade who supplies the figures to enable him to compile the total amounts of broccoli imported under the quota system.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (Mr. Henry Strauss)

The figures are compiled from returns sent to the Ministry of Food by importers.

Mr. Howard

Is it not a very unsatisfactory state of affairs that the very people who are allowed to flood in these imported cauliflowers and broccoli are supplying their own figures? Does it not show that the only efficient method is a tariff?

Mr. Strauss

My hon. Friend was informed by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade that he is considering what improvements can be made in consultation with the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of Food. The matter was also the subject of a recent Adjournment debate.