HC Deb 04 March 1946 vol 420 cc20-1W
115. Sir A. Salter

asked the Minister of Food what articles of market-garden produce are now in such ample supply that it is considered desirable, in the interests of home producers, to restrict importations.

Dr. Summerskill

The answer to the right hon. Member's Question depends upon the season of the year, and I will send him a copy of a statement recently issued about certain imports of fruit and vegetables. Perhaps I can best explain the reason for some restrictions by giving an example. My right hon. Friend is satisfied that if he did not restrict imports of onions during the period when the greater part of the home crop is being marketed, namely from August to mid-November, a much smaller acreage of onions would be planted in this country. Under present conditions the total supply would be smaller.

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