§ Mr. Braine
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the increase in imports of high-priced hardened cod liver oil; and what steps he proposes to take.155W
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
Yes. My attention has been drawn to the very large increase in expenditure on imports of cod liver oil in recent months. I am advised that this increase is due to a large extent to the expanding use of cod liver oil in hardened form as a substitute for cooking fats. I have accordingly amended the open general licence with effect from 23rd June to exclude hydrogenated cod liver oil; and I am issuing import licences to cover contracts only where irrevocable credits have been opened.