HC Deb 27 February 1919 vol 112 cc2002-3W
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?


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.

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