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Apples

Volume 974: debated on Thursday 29 November 1979

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23.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what were the total imports of dessert applies from the European Economic Community for each of the last three months for which figures are available.

Information on dessert apple imports is not separately available. But apples imported from the rest of the Community in July, August and September this year were 16,378, 18,701 and 24,489 tonnes respectively.

42.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will propose to his fellow Agriculture Ministers in the EEC that they should divert the sums spent by the Community on apple intervention so as to assist the apple-processing industry for a limited number of years.

My approaches to EEC Agriculture Ministers will depend on talks that I am having with our apple growers.