Potato Marketing (Merchants.' Register)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 10th July 1939.

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Photo of Mr Walter Windsor Mr Walter Windsor , Kingston upon Hull Central

asked the Minister of Agriculture why Messrs. R. Brennand (Hull), Limited, of Humber Street, Hull, and Mr. H. B. Hobson, of Humber Place, Humber Dock Street, Hull, have been excluded from the register of authorised merchants under the Potato Marketing Board; and whether, in view of the fact that there is substantial support in Hull potato-trading circles for the inclusion of the firms in question in the register, he will reconsider the board's decision?

Photo of Sir Reginald Dorman-Smith Sir Reginald Dorman-Smith , Petersfield

The question of the authorisation of merchants is one which is entirely within the discretion of the Board and is not one in which I have any power to intervene. I am informed, however, that the firms referred to at present deal only in new potatoes, for which no authorisation from the Potato Marketing Board is required, and that the board consider that the number of merchants already authorised is fully adequate to ensure the effective wholesale distribution of main-crop potatoes in the district.