French Cherries (Import Restrictions).

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons on 23rd June 1927.

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Lieut.-Colonel LAMBERT WARD:

55.

asked the Minister of Agriculture the number of instances in which disease has been found in imported cherries this year?

Photo of Sir Harry Barnston Sir Harry Barnston , Eddisbury

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.

Lieut.-Colonel WARD:

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?

Photo of Sir Harry Barnston Sir Harry Barnston , Eddisbury

I will certainly represent that to the Minister, but I may say that in some cases infestation amounts to 80 per cent.

Photo of Mr Lawrence Lumley Mr Lawrence Lumley , Kingston upon Hull East

36.

asked the Minister of Agriculture what progress has been made in the consultations with the French authorities about the importation of French cherries

Photo of Sir Harry Barnston Sir Harry Barnston , Eddisbury

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.