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.
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?
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.