HC Deb 07 July 1949 vol 466 cc172-3W
74. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Minister of Food if he will explain why, during the first five months of 1949 nearly three times as many apples were imported from foreign as from British countries, a reversal of the position as it was in 1948; and why imports of apples from New Zealand have been cut by 60 per cent. and those from Australia by 90 per cent.

Dr. Summerskill

Due to bad weather, Australia and New Zealand had disastrous seasons and could spare us little more than one-third of what we got in 1948.