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Unstoned Dates

Volume 436: debated on Wednesday 30 April 1947

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asked the Minister of Food whether the unstoned dates mentioned in the notices of his Department are dates with stones in them or dates without them.

Unstoned dates are dates which have not been stoned, dates which have not, that is to say, had their stones removed.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the meaning which he gives to the term "unstoned" is the opposite to that given in all reputable dictionaries?

May I ask my right hon. Friend why Scotland has been excluded from the advantages of this scheme?

Is my right hon. Friend aware that a directive has been sent to all Scottish grocers informing them that owing to the difficulties of transport—and I think that is a jolly poor excuse—the scheme cannot apply to Scotland?

The Question is whether dates are stoned or unstoned and has nothing to do with Scotland.