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Early Potatoes (Imports)

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th March 1968.

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Photo of Mr Henry Brewis Mr Henry Brewis , Galloway 12:00 am, 13th March 1968

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will now take steps to restrict imports of early potatoes in the interests of the economy.

Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody , Exeter

No, Sir. There is no justification for imposing restrictions on trade that would damage our international trading relations and our exports.

Photo of Mr Henry Brewis Mr Henry Brewis , Galloway

Why do we have to import these early potatoes from these 10 different countries, with many of which we have an adverse trade balance? Saving imports is as valuable as increasing exports.

Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody , Exeter

We are aware of the need for more import saving. We do not allow imports of main crop potatoes because this might affect those of our producers who are not in the early potato market.