75. Mr. Baker White
asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that Italian plums are being sold in this country at uncontrolled prices, in spite of the assurance given to home producers that any fresh imported fruit would be controlled at the same prices as home-grown fruit; and if he will give an undertaking that this assurance will be observed in the future.
§ Mr. Strachey
The plums referred to were part of an experimental consignment of fruit from Italy and there were only 12 tons of them. They were included in the trial consignment through a misunderstanding on the part of the Italians who were asked not to include them. When home-grown and imported fresh fruits are subject to price control they will be controlled at the same maximum prices.