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Tuesday, 14 May 1968

Mr NIXON - From the information that 1 have it appears that within the past few weeks fruit exporters have cancelled shipments of more than 1 million bushels of apples and pears. The industry claims that this is because of the general lack of confidence, at the grower level, in getting a satisfactory return from the United Kingdom market. A very sharp slump in United Kingdom prices last week contributed to the lack of confidence. The latest forecast for the export of apples is that there will be 7i million bushels, or about 1 million bushels less than the December forecast. As to whether the Government will examine the situation, I will treat that part of the question as being on notice and will give the honourable member a considered reply.

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