HC Deb 24 May 1933 vol 278 cc1092-3
28. Major CARVER

asked the Minister of Agriculture the average price obtained for potatoes imported into this country this year and last year?

Mr. BLINDELL (Lord of the Treasury)

I have been asked to reply. Owing to the small volume of the imports this season my right hon. Friend has no quotations in respect of old potatoes from the Continent for comparison with those ruling last year. First quality Irish at Liverpool, however, averaged about 63s. per ton during the first four months of this year as compared with about 200s. per ton in the corresponding period of 1932. In May of this year first quality new potatoes from the Canary Islands and Spain have averaged about 19s. 3d. per cwt. as compared with 20s. 6d. per cwt. in the corresponding month of last year.


Do we understand the hon. Gentleman to say that the imports of last year's growth of potatoes are very small?


That is so.