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Potatoes (Import)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1957.

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Photo of Lady  Grant of Monymusk Lady Grant of Monymusk , Aberdeen South 12:00 am, 28th November 1957

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will reconsider his refusal to allow the import of table ware potatoes from Holland, owing to the general failure of the crop in Scotland.

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

As my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food explained in answer to Questions on 25th November, this matter is under consideration.

Photo of Lady  Grant of Monymusk Lady Grant of Monymusk , Aberdeen South

When my right hon. Friend comes to what I hope will be a speedy decision, will he bear in mind that substantial imports will be needed, because the shortage is expected to be acute in January, which will result in rocketing prices and will hit the housewife very hard?

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

I will convey what my hon. Friend has said to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.