§ 84. Mr. RENDALL
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that many would-be purchasers of seed potatoes from Scotland who ordered in January have as yet got none; that the wholesale firm in question has been obliged to print letters to its customers saying that it cannot get sufficient railway facilities; and that these letters are being dispatched nearly two months after orders have been given; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?
§ Sir R. WINFREY
The Board of Agriculture and Fisheries have been in communication with the Railway Executive Committee regarding the transport of seed potatoes, and have secured special facilities for this class of traffic. There is no reason to suppose that transport difficulties will prevent supplies reaching the grower in time for planting, where orders have been placed early in the season. If my hon. Friend will send me particulars of any case where seed potatoes ordered in January have not been sent because of the reason stated, I will have immediate inquiries made.
§ Sir W. COWAN
Have instructions, been issued to the railway companies by any authority forbidding the introduction of the seed potatoes from one district into another?