Oral Answers to Questions — Fish, Broccoli and Potatoes (Transport from Cornwall)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1966.

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Mr. Geoffrey Wilson:

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the average quantities of fish, broccoli and potatoes exported from Cornwall to other parts of the British Isles each year; by what means they are transported; and whether he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr John Mackie Mr John Mackie , Enfield East

Precise figures are not available but it is estimated that in a normal year some 4,000 tons of fish, 30,000 tons of broccoli and 11,000 tons of early potatoes are exported from Cornwall to other parts of the British Isles. Some two-thirds of the fish, broccoli and potatoes goes by road and the remainder by rail.

Mr. Wilson:

Has the hon. Gentleman any information about the route taken by the proportion that goes by road? Is it the A30 or the A38?

Photo of Mr John Mackie Mr John Mackie , Enfield East

All I know is that if any of it goes the way I went round the A38 one day, it could be slowed up considerably. I cannot give the hon. Member precise information, but there is no evidence of a real hold-up in the area in the transport by road of this produce to the markets.