§ 77. Mr. ANDERSON
asked the hon. Member for Wilton whether the Department fixed a contract price for potatoes of the 1917 main crop; whether this contract price has since been withdrawn in favour of a minimum price guaranteed by the Government; and whether the minimum price to the farmer carries with it any protection against an extortionate price being charged to the consumer?
The prices announced for potatoes of the 1917 main crop were fixed by the Food Controller on the advice of the Agricultural Departments of Great Britain and Ireland. They are guaranteed minimum prices at which the Government will be prepared to purchase potatoes of the best quality. The question of protecting the consumer against extortionate charges will be considered should the necessity arise.
§ Mr. ANDERSON
Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman answer the first part of the question, whether a contract price was first fixed and whether that has since been changed for a minimum price?