HC Deb 05 December 1939 vol 355 cc461-2W
Colonel Ponsonby

asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the quantity and value of honey imported into this country in the year 1938; what proportion of this honey was of Empire origin; whether such honey benefited by any preferential duty; and whether it is proposed to restrict the importation of Empire or foreign honey during the war?

Mr. Stanley

During the year 1938 imports of honey into the United Kingdom amounted to 102,489 cwt., valued at £189,176, of which 72,496 cwt., valued at £142,722, were consigned from British countries. During the same period 72,148 cwt. of honey consigned from British countries were entered for home consumption free of duty under Imperial Preference. In accordance with the Import of Goods (Prohibition) (No. 1) Order, 1939, imports of honey into the United Kingdom have been prohibited since 5th September last except under licence granted by my Department. From the 14th November an open general licence has been issued for honey consigned from British countries other than Palestine (including Trans-Jordan). For the time being no licences are being issued for imports from foreign countries.