HL Deb 22 March 1999 vol 598 c137WA
Lord Jopling

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the price differential between dollar area and Caribbean bananas over the last 15 years reflects an improvement in the quality of Caribbean bananas, following the official warnings about poor quality which were issued by the United Kingdom Government in the mid-1980s. [HL1460]

Lord Donoughue

A number of factors have affected prices in the banana market over the last 15 years, especially the introduction of the European Single Market in bananas in 1993. However, the quality of bananas from the Caribbean is recognised by the trade to have improved substantially.

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