§ Colonel J. R. H. Hutchison
asked the Minister of Food for what total quantity of nuts in shells import licences have been applied for by Scottish importing firms so far this year; for what quantity they have been granted; and what percentage each of these figures represents for the whole of the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Strachey
I am not prepared to give particulars of the applications received for the import of nuts in shell or of the quantities licensed to be imported against those applications. Two types of licences were issued, namely, c.i.f. value licences and tonnage licences, respectively; the latter being used where trading is mainly on a consignment basis. For value licences applications from Scottish importers represented 0.8 per cent. of the total. They received licences however representing 1.4 per cent. of the total granted. For tonnage licences the figures were respectively 0.53 per cent. and 0.64 per cent.