HC Deb 10 April 1933 vol 276 cc2185-6W

asked the President of the Board of Trade the imports of beef, mutton, pig products, butter and cheese, respectively, from each of the most important export countries for each of the last five years; and what are the amounts of each product for each country to be restricted by the recent agreements?


Detailed particulars of the imports of meat, butter, cheese and lard during each of the years 1927 to 1931 are contained in Volume 11 of the "Annual Statement of the Trade of the United Kingdom," for 1931, and the issue for December last of the "Accounts relating to Trade and Navigation of the United Kingdom" contains particulars of such imports in considerable detail for the year 1932. As regards the second part of the question, I would refer my right hon. Friend to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture to the hon. Member for Cambridge (Sir D. Newton) on 9th March, to the hon. Member for Bolton (Sir J. Haslam) on 16th March, and to the Noble Lord the Member for Newark (Marquess of Titchfield) on 23rd March, of which I am sending him copies. So far as beef and mutton are concerned, maximum quantities have not been assigned to individual foreign countries either under the Ottawa Agreements or the voluntary arrangements, the restrictions being in terms of total imports of certain descriptions of foreign meat.

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