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Imported Onions (Profit Margins)

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1947

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asked the Minister of Food approximately what proportion of the onions entering the United Kingdom from 1st November to the latest convenient date was imported by wholesaler-importers entitled to receive three profit margins as importers, first-hand salesmen and wholesalers; and what proportion was imported by pure importers eligible for one profit margin only.

Licences are not required at present to import onions and I cannot, therefore, supply the information wanted by my hon. Friend. I should, however, point out that, under the Onions Order no wholesaler who imports his own onions is entitled to three profit margins.