HC Deb 29 April 1958 vol 587 c166
10. Sir J. Duncan

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, as representing the Lord President of the Council, what results have come from researches of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research on the transport of soft fruit to enable Scottish growers to sell their produce in markets further south.

Mr. H. Nicholls

The Ditton Laboratory of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, in co-operation with others, has shown that Scottish soft fruit can reach the big industrial areas of Britain in first-class condition by pre-cooling and transport in an atmosphere enriched with carbon dioxide and by the use of insulated containers that have been developed for this purpose.

Sir J. Duncan

Are special containers required? Does the method apply to perishable food like raspberries and strawberries? Could this sort of process be developed for carriage of this fruit by air as far as America?

Mr. Nicholls

The containers could be converted meat containers; they need not be special ones. This process would be very applicable to soft fruit like raspberries. I should require to have notice of the last part of my hon. Friend's supplementary question.