HC Deb 20 February 1975 vol 886 c457W
Mr. Adley

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food why a tariff distinction is made between rosa canina and rosa multiflora.

Mr. Deakins

I have been asked to reply.

The import duty on most rose stocks was increased in 1954 following an application by the National Farmers' Union and Horticultural Trades' Association for increased protection on a wide range of horticultural products. One exception was rosa canina, the duty on which, subject to certain qualifications, remained at its existing level. Although all the duties have changed since then, those on the kinds mentioned still differ from each other. I have written to the hon. Member about these duties and the possibility of varying them.