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Canadian Bacon (Erp Funds)

Volume 462: debated on Tuesday 1 March 1949

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent changes have been made with regard to the sum of £2,625,000 originally allotted by Marshall Aid fund to buy Canadian meat for Britain.

I have been unable to identify the figure given by the hon. Member. A reduction was made in 1948 in the amount of E.R.P. funds authorised for the purchase of Canadian bacon. This reduction was made at our request when the full amount of Canadian bacon which we had originally hoped to buy, proved eventually not to be available. The funds resulting from this reduction are, of course, being used for the purchase of other commodities under the European Recovery Programme.