§ 39. Mr. Hurd
asked the Minister of Food the quantity and cost of apples imported this winter from the United States of America and the date of the agreement; if he will explain the circumstances under which this purchase was 70W arranged; and why the available dollars were not used to increase the supply of rationed foods.
§ Major Lloyd George
Up to the 12th January, 5,477 tons of United States apples had been imported on private account at an f.o.b. cost of about £160,000. The decision to allocate dollars for these imports was taken last summer in pursuance of a general policy of enabling traditional suppliers to this country to maintain at least a limited trade.