HC Deb 06 March 1956 vol 549 c190W
91. Mr. Lewis

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food why our import of cereals and cereal preparations from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics fell from 2,318,604 cwt. in 1953 to 929,656 cwt. in 1955; why our barley imports fell from 1,523,378 cwt. in 1953 to 219,532 in 1955: and why, since 4,096 tons of animal feeding stuff was imported in 1954, none was imported in 1955; and whether he will take steps to increase this trade with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and thus save dollars and other hard currencies.

Mr. H. Nicholls

Traders are entirely free to buy Russian grain and I have no doubt that in 1955 they bought all that was offered to them at competitive prices.