§ 18. Mr. Baldwin
asked the President of the Board of Trade the volume and value of imports of pears from Australia for 1953, 1954 and 1955, and the corresponding figures for 1938.
§ Following is the answer:
|UNITED KINGDOM IMPORTS OF FRESH PEARS FROM AUSTRALIA|
§ 19. Mr. Baldwin
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that imports of apples from Australia during the past three years have been at a level 1952 of only two-thirds of the imports in 1938; and what steps he proposes to take to encourage importers to buy more apples from Australia and less from foreign countries.
§ Mr. Low
Imports of foreign apples are closely restricted by quota for balance of payments reasons, whereas those from the sterling area are free of quota restriction as well as free of duty. Foreign apples have represented such a small proportion of our imports during the main Australian marketing season that they can have had little, if any, effect on the level of our imports from Australia.
§ Mr. Nabarro
Is my right hon. Friend aware that it is not the volume of the imports of dollar apples which causes so much concern to many horticulturists as the fact that they are always imported at a time to coincide with the marketing of the English crop, thereby causing the maximum possible embarrassment to growers in Worcestershire and elsewhere?
§ Commander Agnew
Before importation plans for next season's apples are made, will my right hon. Friend's Department make arrangements to see that the growers in the home industry are consulted?