Bananas

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North 12:00 am, 7th July 1952

asked the Minister of Food whether the statement on the future purchase of bananas was made after consultation with the representatives of colonial suppliers; and what is the position regarding the present Government contract.

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Newcastle upon Tyne North

My statement of 19th June was a preliminary to the consultations now starting. I am unable at this stage to make any further statement.

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

Does not the right hon. and gallant Gentleman realise that the banana growers are most apprehensive about their trade with this country and that it would have been far better if he had consulted them first and then made a statement?

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Newcastle upon Tyne North

If the hon. Gentleman will look at the answer to which I have referred him he will see that I said that we must be satisfied, before we do anything at all, that the interests of the colonial growers are safeguarded. That is what I said and that is what I stick to.