HC Deb 17 May 1956 vol 552 c2186
11 Mr. B. Harrison

asked the President of the Board of Trade how much horticultural produce was exported to North America in 1955 and 1956; and what steps his Department took to encourage this.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

In 1955, £96,000; and in the first three months of this year, £31,000. Exporters to North America can call upon the full commercial services provided by the Government, and upon the advice and assistance of the Dollar Exports Council.

Mr. Harrison

While I thank my right hon. Friend for that information, may we take it now that, in view of the great differences in the methods of marketing horticultural produce in North America. everything possible will be done to encourage the British growers to export there and all facilities will be available to them in selling their produce?

Mr. Thorneycroft

We certainly put all facilities at the disposal of these exporters, as of others also, in this important market.

Mr. Bottomley

Is the President aware that the Minister of State and myself were told that frozen strawberries were in demand in Canada? What help or encouragement does the Department give producers to sell them in this market?

Mr. Thorneycroft

I do not know that we actually mix ourselves up with the freezing of the strawberries. Our aim is rather broader and more all-embracing. What we can do through the aid of our commercial officers abroad, or through the Dollar Exports Council or other means, will be done.