§ 23. Mr. Evelyn King
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will publish figures on a monthly basis showing the relationship of imported supplies of apples and pears to domestic supplies.
§ Mr. Anthony Stodart
I will, with permission, circulate a table in the OFFICIAL REPORT showing, by months. three-year average figures for 1968 to 1970 comparing imports and estimated home marketings of apples and pears.
§ Mr. Evelyn King
When my right hon. Friend publishes those figures, will he not find that we are wasting large sums of foreign exchange on what we can perfectly well grow ourselves?
§ Mr. Stodart
In the first five months of the main home marketing season home-grown apples were responsible for 93 per cent. of all supplies and the figure for pears was 72 per cent. In regard to excessive imports, the quotas on non-sterling area imports give some protection, but that is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.
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