HC Deb 13 January 1916 vol 77 cc1752-3

asked the President of the Board of Trade, whether he is aware that owing to the shortage of railway wagons, potato growers in England are unable to obtain from Scotland, more especially from the counties of Perth and Forfar, the necessary supplies of seed potatoes for the coming season's crop; whether, in view of the importance of that crop from the point of view of the nation's food supply as well as for industrial purposes, he is aware that damage has already been done by the non-delivery of thousands of tons of seed potatoes for sprouting and early planting; and what steps he has taken or proposes immediately to take in order to ensure to the English growers the raw material essential for their industry?


I am informed by the Railway Executive Committee that special steps wall be taken to deal with this traffic.