HC Deb 05 May 1960 vol 622 cc96-7W
66. Major Legge-Bourke

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will announce Her Majesty's Government's decision on the latest application for improved protection of the British tomato growing industry.

Mr. Maudling

Having carefully considered all the circumstances, Her Majesty's Government have reached the conclusion that the import duty of 4d. per lb. on fresh tomatoes should be increased to 6d. per lb. from 16th May to 15th June and to 5d. per lb. from 16th June to 31st July. From 16th to 31st May the new rate of 6d. per lb. will apply only to tomatoes of a value exceeding 1s. 3d. per lb. An Order which increases the import duty will be laid on 10th May and will take effect on 16th May, 1960.