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Imported Fruits

Volume 437: debated on Friday 16 May 1947

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asked the Minister of Food which fruits and vegetables are purchased in bulk by His Majesty's Government; and which of these are subject to an ad valorem duty or Purchase Tax.

Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, apples and bananas but no vegetables are imported by the Ministry of Food. Of these, only lemons and oranges from non-Empire sources are subject to the ad valorem import duty of 1O per cent., which is levied on lemons throughout the year and on oranges from 1st December to 31st March. There is no Purchase Tax on fruit or vegetables.