HC Deb 07 July 1953 vol 517 c1030
11. Miss Burton

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the dissatisfaction felt by the London Fruit and Vegetables Trades Federation Limited over the basis of the allocation of banana import licences; and if, in view of this dissatisfaction and the representations made to his Department by the Federation, he will give further consideration to the matter.

Mr. Mackeson

As I promised the hon. Lady on 5th May, sympathetic consideration has been given to cases of substantial hardship which may have arisen from the method of allocating import licences for bananas. The London Fruit and Vegetable Trades Federation have been informed of the action taken in the cases which they put forward, and they have now expressed themselves satisfied.

Miss Burton

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there will be considerable satisfaction over this? Is he aware that the Federation thought the basis of allocation did prohibit genuine imports into this country?

Mr. Mackeson

I am grateful to the hon. Lady.