HC Deb 26 June 1940 vol 362 c450
42. Mr. Robert Gibson

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he has yet made arrangements to make use of a portion of this season's potatoes for the making of potato starch; and what progress has been made with the erection of factories for this purpose?

Mr. Boothby

Returns which have recently been obtained show that the stocks of potato starch now held in this country are sufficient to meet essential industrial requirements for a long period. In these circumstances, it is not proposed to embark upon a policy of home manufacture at present, but the position will be kept under constant review.

Mr. Gibson

With regard to the last part of the Question, is the erection of the factories being proceeded with?

Mr. Boothby

No, Sir, not at present.

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