Green Onions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 29th May 1941.

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Photo of Captain Alec Cunningham-Reid Captain Alec Cunningham-Reid , St Marylebone

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that the price of matured onions is con trolled at 4⅓d per lb., but as unmatured onions are uncontrolled, unmatured autumn-sown onions are being sold in the shops at 2s. to 2s. 9d. a lb., and growers are pulling young onions in large quantities to get the bigger profit; and will he consider placing a control price on all onions in order to safeguard the future supply of matured onions to the public, and prevent another shortage?

Major Lloyd George:

It is not the practice of the trade to sell green onions by weight, but I am satisfied that the figures quoted by my hon. and gallant Friend are greatly in excess of the present average retail prices. It is a normal and necessary practice to thin out part of the crop of onions grown for autumn harvesting and to sell the thinnings in the summer, but I have seen no evidence that this is taking place on a larger scale than usual. Increasing supplies of green onions are now coming on to the market and in the circumstances I do not consider that price control is necessary or that it would have the effect which my hon. and gallant Friend desires.

Photo of Captain Alec Cunningham-Reid Captain Alec Cunningham-Reid , St Marylebone

If the controlled price of onions is 4⅓d.per lb., at what stage in the growth of an onion is an onion an onion?

Major Lloyd George:

I should want a lot of notice of that question.