§ 11. Mr. LIDDALL
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been drawn to the large and increasing imports of starch, dextrine, farina, and potato flour; and, in view of the assistance that a reduction of those imports would give the potato-growers, what action he contemplates taking in the matter?
§ The MINISTER of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Elliot)
While there was some increase in the imports of these products in 1934, as compared with the two previous years, imports last year were less than in 1931 and the quantities imported in the first five months of the present year were approximately the same as in the corresponding period of 1934. As regards the second part of the question, the Potato Marketing Board are actively considering the problem of finding profitable outlets for potatoes surplus to human consumption requirements. It is open to the parties concerned to make an application to the Import Duties Advisory Committee for the imposition of duties or additional duties on foreign potato products which may compete with home supplies.
§ Mr. LIDDALL
Will the right hon. Gentleman do his utmost to encourage the erection of factories in this country?
§ Mr. HAMMERSLEY
In considering this matter, will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that these materials are used in the textile trade and that it is essential that this trade should be able to produce at the lowest possible price?