HC Deb 14 May 1959 vol 605 cc1417-8
38. Major Legge-Bourke

the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to protect British apple growers from imports of subsidised apple juice from France for processing in Great Britain for sale as apple squash.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

If the United Kingdom growers would let me have detailed information about the subsidisation arrangements to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers and of the material injury it is causing, I will consider it, in the usual manner.

Major Legge-Bourke

Is my right hon. Friend aware that I will do my best to do that but that, even so, some of us are getting very concerned at the reluctance of his Department to take action under the Customs Duties (Dumping and Subsidies) Act and always waiting upon the growers themselves when very often the Board of Trade has more readily available information?

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

We have always made it quite clear that the initiative for action under this Act must rest with the industry which considers itself to be injured by dumping or subsidisation. Any facts or information which we can give are always at its disposal.