HC Deb 24 April 1940 vol 360 cc209-10
57. Sir J. Lucas

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, in view of the importance of fish and chips in the national diet, he can give an assurance that the established potato crisp companies are receiving an adequate and fair allowance of suitable oils?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Yes, Sir.

63. Major Carver

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he will take into consideration the erection of a potato factory in or near Howden, in the East Riding, in view of the fact that this district has an adequate supply of water and electric power; and whether he is aware that this is the centre of an agricultural neighbourhood where the meal produced could be readily distributed by road, rail or water?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

One of the sites chosen for a potato factory is in Selby, which is only about 10 miles from Howden.

69. Mr. Robert Gibson

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food by what method or methods it is proposed to market the products of the potato-processing factories erected under the aegis of his Department; and whether it is proposed to issue regulations dealing with the matter?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The products will be marketed through the ordinary trade channels. It will not be necessary to issue any special regulations in the matter.

Mr. Gibson

Does this mean that these factories will be under the control of private firms and that they will themselves select and control the agencies for the marketing of the products from the potatoes?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The flour will belong to the Ministry, which will sell it either direct to the consumers or to the wholesalers for distribution.

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