HC Deb 06 March 1946 vol 420 cc65-6W
69. Mr. T. Brown

asked the Minister of Food if he will distribute tomatoes, imported from the Canary Islands, through the medium of the existing allocation committees and not through . individual importers.

Dr. Summerskill

Subject to the tomatoes arriving in satisfactory condition, a first-hand salesmen's association will forward them under guidance from the Ministry to each area in rotation, and supplies will then be distributed by local allocation committees through the existing machinery. My right hon. Friend is hoping that it will be possible to arrange for all areas to receive supplies, but as the quantity available is uncertain he cannot guarantee that every district will, in fact, receive an allocation.