§ 15. Mr. Holt
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will give an assurance that it is the policy of Her Majesty's Government that there shall be no imposition of a duty to protect domestic producers of apples, whilst the total United Kingdom consumption of fresh fruit remains below pre-war level.
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
No, Sir. I can give no such assurance, but in considering the tariff application which has been submitted by the National Farmers' Unions, the level of supplies available to the domestic market is one of the factors that will, naturally, be taken into account.
§ Mr. Thorneycroft
That is no doubt one of the arguments which will be brought out in the inquiry that takes place.
§ Mr. G. Williams
Will the Minister bear in mind that, in the past, apple imports have been subsidised, either directly or indirectly by Governments, and that he has every reason to protect the home market, which I hope he will continue to do.