HC Deb 05 February 1952 vol 495 c108W
82. Mr. Arbuthnot

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make representations to the United States of America concerning the unfair competition against British producers created by the subsidy paid to American importers of apples into the United Kingdom; and what further action is contemplated.

Mr. H. Hopkinson

Under a commitment entered into by the previous Government, a strictly limited quantity of American apples is being imported. The present import licensing arrangements ensure that these imports are spread over the period from Christmas until early spring, when most of the home crop of dessert apples has already been consumed.

This commitment must be honoured, but, when any further arrangements are being considered, the point to which my hon. Friend refers will be borne in mind.