Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 21st January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food how the difference between the producer-price and the consumer-price of potatoes is apportioned to wholesalers and retailers, respectively?

Major Lloyd George:

The difference between the fixed grower's price and the maximum retail price is apportioned on the following basis: to wholesalers, from 40s. to 55s. per ton depending on the distance of transport; to retailers, from 50s. to 62s. 6d. per ton according to the variety and class of potato. These are maximum margins which are reduced by competition.

Photo of Colonel William Carver Colonel William Carver , Howdenshire

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food what are the duties of local potato supervisors; and whether they are empowered to take over general average crops, as well as those showing signs of disease?

Major Lloyd George:

Area potato supervisors are local officers responsible to divisional potato supervisors for carrying out instructions issued by the potato division, including the purchase of sound as well as deteriorating stocks offered by growers.