HC Deb 17 August 1916 vol 85 cc2085-6W

asked the President of the Board of Trade why permits to import hops are still being given; whether he will now take steps to bring the prohibition absolutely into force, seeing that there is no sign of any scarcity of hops in this country; and whether he can give the total quantity of hops imported since the prohibition came into force on 8th June, with the amounts from each importing country, and also the names of the merchants or dealers, and the quantities of hops imported by each since prohibition came into effect?


The following are the quantities of hops imported into the United Kingdom since 8th June, distinguishing the countries whence consigned:

From United States 20,178
From Russia 312
From Belgium 1,075
From France 158
From Tasmania 46
From New Zealand 577
From Canada 130

It is contrary to Customs precedent to publish the names of individual importers and the quantities imported by them. By far the greater part of the quantities imported have been admitted in accordance with the standing arrangement as to goods en route before the prohibition. A small proportion was admitted under licence on the ground that it was paid for before the prohibition.


asked what quantities of Foreign hops were imported in the week ending 5th July, and in each subsequent week respectively; whether the continued importation of hops up to the present is to be accounted for on the ground that they represent delivery of goods contracted for before the prohibition of imports; and what quantities of hops contracted for as aforesaid still remain to be delivered?


The figures are:

For the week ended 5th July 929
For the week ended 12th July nil
For the week ended 19th July 630
For the week ended 26th July 1,119
For the week ended 2nd August July 1,203
For the week ended 9th July 1,805

No hops have been admitted on the sole ground that they were contracted for prior to the prohibition. They must have been actually paid for by the consignees in this country, or en route to them, before the announcement of the prohibition. I have no information as regards the last part of the question.


asked what is the total quantity of foreign hops imported into this country since the intention of the Government to prohibit such importation was announced in Parliament?


I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer which I have given to the question put by the hon. Member for Ashford, which covers the imports of hops since the date when the prohibition came into force.