HC Deb 01 November 1909 vol 12 cc1436-7

asked to what extent black scab in potatoes has been reported in England, Scotland, and Wales, respectively, and when will the results of their investigations be published on this disease?

Captain NORTON

The disease is unfortunately very prevalent in allotments and cottage gardens in Cheshire, North Shropshire, Staffordshire, South Lancashire and parts of Warwickshire, Derbyshire and Notts. It has been found in certain parts of Fife, but to a much smaller extent. A few isolated cases have been reported from other parts of the country. In none of the districts named does the disease exist except to a very small extent in fields under rotation. We hope that our information as to the results of the investigations which have been instituted will be available in the course of the present week, and they will be at once communicated to every occupier of premises on which the disease is known to exist.


Does this disease exist in Ireland, where potatoes are the food of the people?


That question should be put to the Minister responsible for the Irish Department.