Without accepting as authoritative the figures given by the hon. member, I may say that the situation is this, not necessarily that there is less production, but that there has been a greater export which might account, if his figures' are correct, for the smaller domestic consumption.
Then the minister should have resort to the old adage: "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." I notice from the explanation given by the minister, in the last year for which statistics are available, the home consumption of apples and honey has decreased considerably on account of the fact that our people have no money with which to buy those articles. I ask the minister to be kind enough to table a report showing the exports, the imports, the production and the home consumption of the fruit, also of honey, mentioned in the speech made by the right hon. Prime Minister on October 12, 1932, in which the right hon. gentleman told the house of his expectations in connection with imperial trade in relation to fruit.
I shall be glad to give this information at a later time in connection with the estimates on fruit. We have not got all the information here. I do not know whether this is the proper time to prolong a discussion on the request for such information, but I shall be glad to give the information when the estimates are up.
I thank the hon. gentleman. But we have before us now a bill of importance which is supposed to assist the farmer in the sale of his fruit and honey. There is a large decrease in the home consumption of apples and of honey, therefore we must have that information before discussing the bill. If we take the estimates and pass them in the meantime we shall have to do it with our eyes shut. Therefore I ask the hon. minister if it is not possible for him to give that information right now, as he has the fruit commissioner of his department before him.