HC Deb 06 February 1956 vol 548 cc150-1W
57. Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food why great increases have been allowed in the quantities and value of margarine and lard imported from foreign countries, especially the dollar area, during the past three years, and decreases in the imports from Commonwealth countries.

Mr. Nugent

Since about the middle of 1954, imports of margarine and lard have been in the hands of private traders who are now free to decide in which markets to buy supplies best suited to meet their customers' requirements, having regard to quality and price.