asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food how many dehydration plants of those recently constructed are ready for operation in Northern Ireland; how many are under construction; how long have they been under construction; what is the cost of each plant; and how does that cost compare with similar plants erected by private companies in England?
Nine factories for the drying of potatoes are under construction in Northern Ireland; of these it is anticipated that one will be operating by the end of September, 1942, and three by the end of October, 1942, the remainder being in varying stages of construction. The dates of commencement of work on these factories ranged from February to April, 1942. The final costs of the plants are subject to adjustments under the contracts and cannot therefore be given at present. Where similar plants are being provided to those in England, costs are relatively comparable, subject to increases attributable to war time circumstances.