Surplus Potatoes

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd May 1954.

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Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire 12:00 am, 3rd May 1954

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that farmers still have large quantities of potatoes in possession and unsold from last season's crop; and what steps he is taking to ensure that these potatoes are satisfactorily disposed of without loss to farmers before further deterioration of their quality takes place.

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Newcastle upon Tyne North

Surplus potatoes are being sold for stockfeeding, processed or exported as quickly as possible. Farmers are fully protected against loss by the rising seasonal scale of growers' prices and, should delivery not be taken of stocks offered to the Ministry, by the compensation arrangements provided in the contract.

Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend quite sure that he will be fulfilling his obligation in this matter with respect to last season's potatoes?

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Newcastle upon Tyne North

There is no question at all about it. The farmers are completely covered.