§ 63. Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table of figures giving the approximate percentage of the United Kingdom's banana requirements which are supplied by the Commonwealth Caribbean; what duty is payable on banana imports from non-Commonwealth countries; what quantitative restrictions are imposed upon bananas originating from non-dollar sources; and to what extent countries of the Six at present enjoy special tax and quota preferences.11W
§ Mr. Noble
Bananas imported from non-Commonwealth countries are subject to a tariff of £7.50 per ton. There are no quantitative restrictions on imports from sources outside the dollar area and
UNITED KINGDOM IMPORTS OF FRESH BANANAS ('000 tons) 1967 1968 1969 1970* Total … 347,703 340,327 351,108 330,306 of which from Caribbean Commonwealth countries … 337,828 328,019 340,383 280,691 Percentage from Caribbean Commonwealth countries … 97.2 96.4 96.9 84.9 * Provisional figures.