HC Deb 13 November 1958 vol 595 cc543-4
12. Mr. Lipton

asked the President of the Board of Trade what licences he has issued for the import of potatoes.

Sir D. Eccles

Under the arrangements announced early this month, 414 open individual licences have been issued. Further licences will be issued to any traders who apply.

Mr. Lipton

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how much has come in by way of imports as a result of these licences? Will he further say whether it is the policy of the Government to go on granting these licences until the present excessively high cost of potatoes is substantially reduced?

Sir D. Eccles

I have not yet got the figures of any imports, but the answer to the second part of the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question is, "Yes."