HC Deb 05 July 1956 vol 555 cc120-1W
33. Mr. N. Pannell

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he took before agreeing to the present import quotas, to satisfy himself that neither the United States of America nor Israel subsidises the export of citrus fruits, either directly or indirectly.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

Citrus fruits are at present imported from the United States under Mutual Aid arrangements from which imports of subsidised fruits are specifically excluded. Imports of citrus fruits from Israel are admitted without restriction under open general licence. I am satisfied from inquiries made that they are not subsidised directly or indirectly.