This purchase has been arranged as part of a general trade agreement with Italy. I am quite satisfied that we need these and other imported eating apples which, together with the home crop, will, I am afraid, still give us less-than the pre-war quantity of apples per head this winter.
Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that thousands of excellent eating apples are lying rotting at Ballinderry in south County Antrim and the surrounding country and cannot be sold on account of these foreign importations?
Will my right hon. Friend see that the great bulk of the housewives in this country get apples at more moderate prices than those at which they are getting them at present, even if it means importation?