HC Deb 02 November 1954 vol 532 c26W
Mr. Alport

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it will be possible to announce the quotas for bulb imports by the end of January next; and what decision has been made with regard to an increased duty on bulbs.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

Arrangements for the import of bulbs from July, 1955, to June, 1956, will be considered in forthcoming negotiations with the principal supplying countries. While I cannot guarantee that these negotiations will be completed by the end of January, it will be my aim, as in previous years, to announce the quotas in ample time to allow importers to place orders. No decision has yet been reached regarding an increased duty on tulip and narcissus bulbs.