HC Deb 05 April 1971 vol 815 c22W
Mr. Kenneth Clarke

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) whether he will ask holders of licences for the import of apples to import minimum quantities of apples suitable for the manufacture of toffee apples during the summer months;

(2) when he proposes to re-allocate licences for the import of apples in such a way as to enable applicants who have not previously held a licence or imported apples to be given a share of the import quota.

Mr. Anthony Grant

The global quotas for apples were redistributed in 1967 and 1969 to allow for changes in the pattern of the import trade. I can see no adequate grounds at present for a further reallocation or for asking importers to give special preference to particular classes of users, such as manufacturers of toffee apples.