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Imported Cheeses (Points Values)

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1947

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58.

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that, even before he lowered the points value of Danish blue vein cheese, total supplies were inadequate to meet the daily demand of the public; that, as a result of the lowering of points, some retailers and many members of the public believe that there are large surplus stocks of such cheese and are therefore indignant with their wholesalers and retailers for not being able to supply their demands; and if he will give an assurance that, in future, before lowering the points value of a commodity careful inquiry will be made into the stock position.

The points values of imported cheeses were reduced to prevent any risk of wastage during the warmer weather.

59.

asked the Minister of Food how many apples were imported into this country in 1946; and how many he anticipates will be imported in 1947.

We imported 91,984 tons in 1946 and so far this year 47,000 tons have arrived. The programme for the second half of this year has not yet been determined.