§ 32. Mr. Derek Page
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the price of Irish strawberries offered for export to Britain; and what volume of imports he expects from Ireland.
§ Mr. Hoy
Indeed we are, but my hon. Friend will remember that in none of the last four years have imports of fresh strawberries been more than about 20 tons. About 640 tons of pulp, on average, are imported annually. Our own production is roughly 30,000 tons, half going for fresh consumption and the remainder for jam. We are well able to deal with this, and it does not provide a reason for prohibiting this import from another source.
§ Sir H. Legge-Bourke
The Minister says that we can grow all the strawberries we want. Will he bear in mind that imports of pulp from the Iron Curtain countries have a severe effect on the market?
§ Mr. Rankin
Will my hon. Friend assure us that we are able to grow all the strawberries we can pay for?
§ Sir Knox Cunningham
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that some very excellent strawberries are grown in my constituency of South Antrim, but they are so good that, generally, they are all consumed in Ulster?