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Seeds (Imports)

Volume 245: debated on Monday 24 November 1930

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asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) the total weight of sweet-pea seed imported into this country for the last 12 months for which statistics are available; and what was the principal source from which this seed came;(2) the total value of seed of all kinds imported into this country during the last 12 months for which statistics are available?

During the 12 months ended 31st October, 1930, the total declared value of seeds of all descriptions imported into Great Britain and Northern Ireland was £11,529,000, of which £10,035,000 was the value of seeds for expressing oil (such as cotton seed, linseed and soya beans); the value of agricultural and horticultural seeds was £1,116,000 of which flower seeds accounted for £47,000. I regret that no information of either the value or the weight of sweet-pea seed imported is available, but I understand from my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture that the principal sources of this seed are California and Holland.