United States Agricultural Produce (Imports)

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th May 1966.

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Photo of Sir Charles Taylor Sir Charles Taylor , Eastbourne 12:00 am, 12th May 1966

asked the President of the Board of Trade how much agricultural produce, canned, frozen, dried or fresh, including fruit, is imported into the United Kingdom from the United States of America; and whether he will list these imports.

Photo of Mr Roy Mason Mr Roy Mason , Barnsley

As the information requested is somewhat extensive, I will, with permission circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Sir Charles Taylor Sir Charles Taylor , Eastbourne

Will the hon. Gentleman go through the list very carefully to see whether we can save dollars by increasing home production?

United Kingdom imports of agricultural produce from the United States of America Year 1965
£,000
Live animals (excluding zoo animals, dogs and cats)648
Meat and meat preparations6,723
Dairy products and eggs135
Cereals and cereal preparations60,468
Fruit and vegetables17,908
Sugar, sugar preparations and honey265
Coffee, tea, cocoa, spices and manufactures thereof772
Feeding stuff for animals and food wastes761
Miscellaneous food preparations12,917
Oil seeds, oil nuts and oil kernels6,986
Fixed vegetable oils and fats266
Total107,849

Photo of Sir Charles Taylor Sir Charles Taylor , Eastbourne

asked the President of the Board of Trade how much celery is imported into the United Kingdom from the United States of America; and what this costs.

Photo of Mr Roy Mason Mr Roy Mason , Barnsley

I regret that this information is not available.

Photo of Sir Charles Taylor Sir Charles Taylor , Eastbourne

Why not? Is it not ridiculous that we should spend dollars on importing celery from the United States?

Photo of Mr Roy Mason Mr Roy Mason , Barnsley

I leave it to the hon. Gentleman to go through the list in the OFFICIAL REPORT to see if he can extract the cost of celery imports.