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Perishable Foods

Volume 961: debated on Monday 22 January 1979

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he is satisfied with the position over the import and export of perishable foods; and, if not, what are his main areas of concern and to what parts of the country they apply.

There have been difficulties with imports of fresh fruit, particularly citrus and bananas, and also of tomatoes and cucumbers, much of which has been held up by picketing at the ports, notably Southampton, Newhaven, Felixstowe, Shoreham and Liverpool—although there has been some limited movement at the two latter ports recently—with further supplies being diverted to the Continent. I have had no reports of exports of fruit and vegetables being held up.