HC Deb 18 June 1941 vol 372 cc647-8
51. Sir. Hannah

asked the Minister of Supply what he is doing to mitigate the hardship to market gardeners in that sulphate of ammonia, superphosphates and sulphate of potash are controlled, pre venting them from mixing these ingredients in the way they find from experience suits their own conditions and forcing them to pay a much higher price for the standard compound, which is not controlled?

The Minister of Supply (Sir Andrew Duncan)

No supplies of sulphate of potash are at present being made available either to compound manufacturers or to growers. But potash in the form of muriate, as well as the other two fertilisers, can be bought by growers. This permission is subject, except in the case of sulphate of ammonia, to certain conditions as to use which, however, also apply to compounds. Prices of the compounds, as well as of their principal ingredients, are controlled.

Mr. Hannah

Does my right hon. Friend realise that if small market gardeners could get the ingredients separately, they feel that they could make composts very much more suited to local conditions than the finished products they can buy?

Sir A. Duncan

They can get them separately under the same kind of conditions.

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