§ 12 and 14. Mr. Fisher
asked the Minister af Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what proposals he has for the purchase by his Department of orange juice from the West Indies for consumption under the welfare schemes;
(2) what proposals he has for the purchase of citrus products from the West Indies.
§ Mr. John Hare
I have a responsibility for procurement of concentrated orange juice for the welfare foods service. A ten-year contract for the purchase from the West Indies of this orange juice has still one year to run. The arrangements for future years are now under discussion with a delegation from the West Indies.
§ Mr. Fisher
After this year has finished, the method of buying may perhaps be different and the amount of orange juice we require may perhaps be less. Despite that, will my right hon. 1539 Friend give an assurance that whatever is required for welfare schemes will be bought from the West Indies citrus industry, which was, after all, developed to help us in war-time and should not be abandoned by us now merely to assist the United States citrus industry?
§ Mr. Hastings
Are tests made as to the vitamin content of various samples of orange juice so that we may be quite sure that they remain equally valuable for children, who need them so much?
§ Mr. Gordon Walker
Will the right hon. Gentleman give a clear Answer to the Question asked by his hon. Friend, which is very important and which is supported on both sides of the House?