§ 83. Sir D. Thomson
asked the Minister of Food how many cases of pineapples were bought and shipped to the United Kingdom from Malaya in the first half of 1946; how many cases have been bought for shipment in the second half of 1946; and whether all possible supplies have been secured for consumption in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Strachey
We have not been able to buy any fresh or tinned pineapples from Malaya this year for the United Kingdom and I am afraid I can hold out no hope of our being able to do so. The 85W canning industry was badly damaged during the Japanese occupation and is only just beginning to be built up again. I shall try and get all the canned pineapple I can as soon as they have some to sell.