HC Deb 15 December 1949 vol 470 cc326-7W
141. Mr. Bossom

asked the Minister of Food what contracts he has made to purchase foreign cob-nuts; for how many nuts, and from what source or sources; and if he has considered the fact that cobnuts form an important crop to Kentish farmers.

Dr. Summerskill

The answer to the first and second parts of the Question is "None." Any imports are made by private traders under open general licence, and I see no reason to stop them. I am aware that cob nuts are grown in Kent, but the area is not large and the production amounts to a very small proportion of the total consumption of nuts in this country.