asked the Minister of Food if he will stop selling tinplate to foreign countries for canning fruit which will then be sent back to England, to the detriment of British farmers.
The hon. Member surely cannot expect me to interfere with other countries in their use of tinplate supplied by this country under trade agreements or to prevent housewives from being able to buy tinned fruit. No tinplate is exported specifically for canning fruit purchased by my Department.
asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the fact that tinplate is exported to the Continent where peas are canned and sent to this country for sale by retailers whilst considerable quantities of home-grown peas have this year been wasted as a consequence of canneries being inadequately supplied with tinplate, he will give an assurance that in future home canneries will receive supplies of tinplate sufficient to can the home crop.
In view of our supply prospects I am afraid that I could not give this assurance.