§ 33. Mr. Norwood
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is aware that imported United States carrots in packages retail at about 1s. 4d. per lb., and that the British carrot producer receives about 1d. per lb.; and why imparts of United States carrots into this country are permitted.
§ Mr. Norwood
Does the Minister agree that the only distinction between United States carrots and those grown here is basically one of size? Would he further bear in mind that many producers of carrots in this country find great difficulty in disposing of their crop even at ruling prices? Would he, therefore, look at all imports of carrots with the greatest strictness?
§ Mr. Hoy
Yes, indeed. May I remind my hon. Friend and the House that these carrots imported from America sell at a much higher price than do our home-produced carrots. The total imports for 1964 from America were about 3,400 tons and from all sources they amounted to about 26,500 tons, whereas our own home 1586 production reached between 300,000 and half-a-million tons per annum.
§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
Is it not a fact that during the period when British carrots are coming on to the market there is considerable protection against imported carrots whether from America or anywhere else? Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that, unfortunately, one of the reasons why British carrots fail to compete is that they are not always as well packed as those which are imported from California?