HC Deb 28 January 1954 vol 522 cc1960-1
51. Mr. Russell

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will give a preliminary report on the results of replacing quantitative restrictions on certain horticultural produce by tariffs in accordance with the waiver given by the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

It is too early to judge the effects of the new rates of duty, which were introduced on 1st December, 1953, on imports of certain fresh and preserved fruit and vegetables. The revised duties are mainly seasonal in character, and many of them do not, in fact, become effective until later this year.