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Thursday, 7 May 1942


Mr BEASLEY - Yes. There is an urgent need to feed the people of Great Britain. The defeat of Germany in th« last war was largely contributed to by the British blockade. The statement continues -

Wheat. - Owing to shipping difficulties very little will be exported.

Barley. - Same as wheat.

Canned Fruits. - Small quantities being exported. These are not desired by United Kingdom. Total output can be consumed locally.

Dried Vine Fruits.- 44,000 tons will go to United Kingdom this year. This quantity slightly above normal.

Apples and Pears. - No exports.

Wool. - Full clip will be exported if shipping available.

Well, there is no shipping available for wool.

Eggs. - 4,000 to 5,000 tons of egg powder will go to United Kingdom this year. Export of eggs in shell and egg pulp cut out.

Fruit Pulp.- 10,000 tons will go to United Kingdom this year. An order for 20,000 tons of jam was refused and the commodity went into local consumption.

Ihad to deal with a problem recently when I found myself unable, because of the requirements of our own allied troops in this country and ourselves, to comply with Britain's order for 20,000 tons of jam. My main reason for speaking to-day was to bring to the notice of the House and the general public the fact that we are mindful of the importance of the food problem and are evolving practical means to safeguard the country against food shortages.







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