HC Deb 17 February 1959 vol 600 cc171-2
4. Sir A. Baldwin

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the considerable increase in the importation of peas and the consequent reduction in the acreage of home-grown peas, he will either reinstate the import control or, alternatively, increase the tariff.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

An application for an increased tariff on frozen peas has been made by the industry, and it is, of course, open to it to make similar applications for other varieties of peas.

Sir A. Baldwin

While appreciating that the Board of Trade is conducting very delicate negotiations at present, may I ask whether my hon. Friend does not think it time to protect this industry which has suffered so much in the last few years? Imports have increased to an enormous extent and the industry is declining in the area where peas are grown. Does he not think it time to do something about it?

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

As I said, there is an application for frozen peas under consideration now. As regards the other kinds, I think it is for the industry to make the application.

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