Potato Processing, Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 18th February 1942.

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Photo of Reverend Dr James Little Reverend Dr James Little , Down

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food when the promised potato processing factories to Northern Ireland will be in operation; and whether he anticipates that any of these factories will be ready to deal with the remainder of the 1941 potato crop?

Major Lloyd George:

Delays have occurred owing to unforeseen technical difficulties in connection with the design and layout of the buildings for the potato processing plant. In consequence, though satisfactory progress is now being made, the factories will not be completed until the summer and early autumn and will not therefore be in operation during the current season.

Photo of Reverend Dr James Little Reverend Dr James Little , Down

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that there is considerable disappointment at the fact that these factories are not ready to deal with the remainder of the 1941 crop of potatoes, and will he expedite the erection of these factories so that they may be fully equipped to deal with the 1942 crop?

Major Lloyd George:

I have said that they will not be completed until the summer and early autumn.

Photo of Reverend Dr James Little Reverend Dr James Little , Down

Is that a definite promise?

Major Lloyd George:

As definite as can be given in this world.