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Us Citrus Fruits (Purchase)

Volume 531: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Food in connection with the recent information conveyed to the Regional Economic Committee that Her Majesty's Government would make no further purchase of citrus fruits from funds made available in the present United States fiscal year under Section 550 of the Mutual Security Act, the actual amount of the purchase made to date; what amount has actually been imported in connection with that purchase; what amount still remains to be shipped; and the reason for the delay in shipping it.

According to information available in my Department, 1,245 tons of grapefruit, 118 tons of lemons and 55 tons of oranges have so far been purchased. Up to 30th June, 75 tons of grapefruit had been imported. Arrangements for further purchase and shipment of these fruits are the responsibility of the private trade. Import licences are valid until 31st August for lemons and 31st October for oranges and grapefruit.