Plums.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 8th July 1942.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food on what date the price of the plum crop was fixed; and why it is not made public?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

An Order fixing maximum prices for plums is now in course of preparation and will be issued in the course of a few days. The discussion of prices with growers was undertaken as soon as an estimate could be made of the yield of the crops. It would not have been of use to enter into discussions earlier.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

Will the hon. Gentleman answer the first part of the Question? At what date was the price fixed, and why is it not made public so as to enable growers to make the necessary arrangements for picking and distributing the crop?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

The price is not fixed until the Order is made.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

Is it not a fact that the price has already been fixed?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

It is a fact that discussions have been undertaken with representatives of the growers and agreement has been reached, but the price is not finally fixed—for new considerations might arise at any moment—until the Order is signed and issued.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

What has happened to the strawberry crop? They cannot be obtained.