I have been asked to reply. I presume that my hon. and gallant Friend is referring to the presence of the larvæ of the cherry fruit fly in consignments of imported cherries. Eighty-five cases of infestation have been found so far this season, as the result of the examination of 192 samples taken by the Ministry's inspectors.
Will the hon. Member represent to the Minister that, as so few cases have been discovered, it is scarcely necessary to prohibit entirely the importation of French cherries, because doing so causes very considerable hardship to importers and also tends to restrict trade generally?
The French Government have been informed that full consideration will be given to any arrangements which they may be able to suggest with the object of preventing the exportation to this country of infested cherries in future seasons. No further progress can be made until details of any suggested no new arrangements have been received.