Irish Fruits and Sweets (Banned Imports)

Oral Answers to Questions — Korea – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th February 1953.

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Photo of Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke , Darwen 12:00 am, 11th February 1953

asked the Minister of Food to rescind the ban on the import of parcels containing canned fruit, dried fruit and sweets from Ireland.

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

The Parliamentary Secretary has written to my hon. Friend explaining why we cannot rescind the ban at present.

Photo of Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke , Darwen

But the reasons are entirely unconvincing. Would not my right hon. and gallant Friend agree that the housewife can be relied upon not to buy these fruits if they are too expensive? If they are sufficiently cheap, should she not have an opportunity of buying them?

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

I have nothing whatever to add to the answer which my hon. Friend gave, except to repeat what he said in the second paragraph—that it is almost impossible to have them without serious abuse.

Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham

Is this ban based on restrictions imposed by the Government of Ireland, and, if so, why cannot the Government of Ireland be left to enforce them at its own ports and post offices?

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

I will very gladly talk this matter over with my hon. Friend, because it is a very complicated matter not in the least suitable to be dealt with by Question and answer.