HC Deb 20 February 1918 vol 103 cc731-2
62. General M'CALMONT

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware of the dissatisfaction existing in Ireland among the smaller farmers over the price of potatoes, and of the necessity in the interests of food production of giving such assurances to all sellers of a ton and upwards of the 1918 crop as will ensure a maximum out put; and will he say what steps he will now take in this matter?


I am sending the hon. Member a copy of the Food Controller's scheme for dealing with the 1918 crop of potatoes in Ireland. Provision is made in this scheme for the purchase of the exportable surplus from small as well as from large farmers, and it is considered that the prices offered are sufficiently remunerative to encourage increased production.


Will the hon. Gentleman make it quite clear that this is to be thoroughly well published, so that small farmers may know and take advantage of it?


I will be glad to bake a note of that question.