§ Brigadier-General COLVIN
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture if it is the case that fruit baskets can be imported from abroad and sold at a cheaper rate than they can be produced in this country; and whether, having regard to the development of this industry during the War, especially among blind soldiers, steps will be taken to protect it?
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
My hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. The question involved is not one of comparative cheapness. The important point is to secure a quick and constant supply of serviceable baskets, without which it would be impossible to move fruit and other perishables on the railways with the necessary rapidity and safety. I can, however, assure the hon. and gallant Member that the important consideration set out in the last part of the question is being constantly kept in mind.