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Major Frederick Wise (King's Lynn)

asked the Minister of Food how many tons of Dutch tomatoes were imported during the 14 days prior to 16th June; and what percentage of the total importation of tomatoes expected from all countries during 1951 this tonnage represents.

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Mr Maurice Webb (Bradford Central)

According to my Department's information, 2,676 tons of tomatoes were imported from Holland between 3rd June and 15th June. I cannot give the information asked for in the second part of the Question. Tomatoes are imported by the private trade and I cannot, therefore, estimate the total tonnage likely to be imported this year.

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Major Frederick Wise (King's Lynn)

asked the Minister of Food the tonnage of home-grown tomatoes placed on the market during the, 14 days prior to 16th June; and if he is satisfied that sufficient home-grown tomatoes are available at the moment to supply all consumer needs.

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Mr Maurice Webb (Bradford Central)

Precise figures are not available but my Department's estimate is that during the first half of June some 10,000 tons were marketed, including supplies received from the Channel Islands. At this time of the year homegrown supplies at reasonable prices are not sufficient to meet the demand and limited imports are, therefore, being allowed from abroad.