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French Products (Imports)

Volume 466: debated on Monday 27 June 1949

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86.

asked the Minister of Food the quantity of butter, cheese, meat and other products of agriculture imported from France during 1948; and what prospects there are of increasing these imports in the future.

As the answer to the first part of the hon. Member's Question contains a number of figures, I will circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT. We have recently received small supplies of pork and, subject to price, we hope to get more in future. We are unlikely to obtain any butter: but we are importing substantially increased quantities of cheeses, and canned meats. We are also getting useful quantities of animal feedingstuffs.

Following is the statement:

IMPORTS INTO THE UNITED KINGDOM CONSIGNED FROM FRANCE IN THE YEAR ENDED 31ST DECEMBER, 1948

Quantity Tons

Butter (Government Imports)Insignificant (1 cwt.)
Cheese (Government Imports)2,249
Other milk products (Government Imports)24
Meat, including canned meat and meat products (Private Imports)274
Poultry (Government Imports)30
Wheat (Government Imports)18,001
Other cereals and cereal products10
Fresh fruit and table nuts (Private Imports)17,070
Fresh vegetables (Private Imports)6,094
Miscellaneous fruit and vegetable products (Private Imports)9,336

Gallons

Cider and perry (Private Imports)1,001,116
Fruit juice (Private Imports)17,927

Tons

Tomato juice (Private Imports)1,374

Gallons

Wine (Private Imports)1,911,190

Proof Gallons

Brandy (Private Imports)510,860
Liqueurs and high strength spirit (Private Imports)90,925