Mr. De la Bère
asked the Minister of Food whether, in connection with the large shipments of fresh apples and pears from the West Coast of the United States of America which have been taking place, he will arrange to substitute shipments from the Dominions, and utilise, as far as possible, home-produced apples and pears with a view to conserving the exchange position and avoiding the spending of a large amount of dollars for purposes other than the purchase of munitions?
§ Mr. W. S. Morrison
Imports of apples and pears are prohibited by a Board of Trade Order dated 15th November, 1939, except under licence, and licenses for imports from foreign countries have been granted only in respect of consignments for which payment had already been made at the date of this Order. An open general licence is in force for imports from Empire countries.