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Rhubarb (Import Licences)

Volume 466: debated on Monday 27 June 1949

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asked the President of the Board of Trade how many special licences have been issued since 1st January for the import of rhubarb; what quantities are involved; and for what purpose they are intended.

Sixteen licences to import approximately 3,000 tons of outdoor rhubarb from the Irish Republic and the Netherlands have been granted since 1st January. Supplies of home-grown rhubarb were inadequate, and the imported rhubarb was necessary to keep in production the new canning industry in Northern Ireland and in a Scottish Development Area.