HC Deb 05 February 1918 vol 101 c2112W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether his attention has been called to the returns of the United States Customs service in relation to exports of food during the month of November, namely, bacon, England, 15,799,279 lbs., Netherlands, 14,250,389 lbs.; lard, England, 174,779 lbs., Netherlands, 28,641,519 lbs.; lard compounds, England, 30,313 lbs., Netherlands, 3,101,663 lbs.; and under what arrangements has the excess to the Netherlands been fixed in view of the shortness of bacon and lard in this country?


It is presumed that the figures referred to as exports to the Netherlands are those of exports from the United States for the relief of Belgium. According to our information, 7,862 tons of bacon and 16,107 tons of lard were imported from the United States by the Commission of Relief in Belgiumviâ Rotterdam during the period 25th October-25th December. There is a fixed ration for such imports. No imports of bacon are permitted to the Netherlands, and no lard for the Netherlands has been imported for some months past.

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