HC Deb 15 July 1943 vol 391 c350
26. Mrs. Adamson

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the glut of new potatoes, he will take steps to ensure that the remaining supply of old, and often black, potatoes now being served in prisons are disposed of for animal food, and that this year's crop of new potatoes be supplied to the prisoners?

Mr. H. Morrison

Potatoes for use in prisons are bought locally, and I am informed that in most prisons the stocks of old potatoes are coming to an end and supplies of new potatoes are being purchased. Arrangements are made in all prisons for the supervision of food, and I cannot accept the suggestion that it is a practice to use potatoes which have become uneatable.

Mrs. Adamson

Is my right hon. Friend aware that soggy potatoes were dished up a few days ago in one of our prisons?

Mr. Morrison

That is possible, but old potatoes are still wholesome and healthy food. On the ground of national food economy I should be wrong to order nothing but new potatoes, which, however, are now coming in. If my hon. Friend has any particular case in mind where the potatoes were uneatable, I would be glad to look into it.

Mrs. Adamson

I will send particulars to my right hon. Friend.