HC Deb 02 April 1917 vol 92 c889
20. Major McMICKING

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he can now say if the minimum guarantee of £6 per ton for potatoes grown in 3917 will apply to earlies and second earlies; and whether, seeing that this class of potato is perishable, is unsuitable for keeping, and must be marketed day by day as raised, the farmer will, in the event of the price on rail falling below the guaranteed minimum, be entitled to claim the difference?


The details of the guarantee have not yet been settled, but the matter to which the hon. Member refers will not be overlooked.


asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that, notwithstanding the county of Fife has been depleted of stocks of potatoes for seed purposes, no town in Fife is receiving any benefit from the supply that is being distributed in the large towns; and what action he proposes to take to remedy this state of affairs?


Owing to the limited amount of potatoes at my disposal I regret that it is not possible for me to so arrange that a share shall be given to every burgh and populous district throughout Scotland. I have been obliged to confine the distribution to certain specified areas. It is hoped that the towns in which my right hon. Friend is interested may, in common with other towns, derive indirect benefit from the fact that the larger towns are receiving supplies from the special source referred to.

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