§ 50. Mr. Renton
asked the Minister of Food how many tons of plums are estimated to have been sold in the United Kingdom between 1st January and 30th September, 1952; and what percentage of that total was represented by imported plums.
§ Major Lloyd George
Total sales of home-grown plums last season are estimated at 140,000 tons. Of this total about 115,000 tons were marketed before the end of September. Imports included 1,700 tons of South African plums in the early months of the year; and 2,728 tons of Continental plums from June onwards. Including the South African imports, and excluding October marketings of the home crop, imports represented just under 4 per cent. of the total.