HC Deb 09 December 1953 vol 521 cc1953-4
13. Mr. K. Thompson

asked the Minister of Food what arrangements he proposes for assisting foreign purchases of prunes for consumption in this country.

Major Lloyd George

The United States Foreign Operations Administration has allotted 5 million dollars for the purchase by private traders of prunes for shipment to this country against payment in sterling. Details of the import arrangements will be announced as soon as possible.

Mr. Thompson

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware of the satisfaction which the release of these black-coated workers will give to the housewives of Britain?

Mr. Usborne

While the Minister is considering the importation of prunes, is he also considering the possibility of drying some of the surplus crop of plums in the Vale of Evesham?

Major Lloyd George

In the summer before last we had a very big surplus and conducted experiments which were fairly successful, but this year we have not had the same surplus.