HC Deb 02 December 1946 vol 431 cc22-3
67. Mr. Osborne

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that the L.N.E.R. is refusing to accept Scottish seed potatoes for delivery in North Lincolnshire; and if he will have this traffic reopened without delay.

Mr. Barnes

The railway companies have been instructed that seed potatoes should be excluded from the operation of the restrictions on acceptance of traffic.

Mr. Osborne

Will the Minister say when that instruction was given, and will he see that it is carried out, because the L.N.E.R. take no notice of it at present and Lincolnshire farmers are suffering?

Mr. Barnes

It was given on 20th November. If any new circumstances have arisen since then I will look into the matter.

Mr. Hector Hughes

Is the Minister aware that that refusal applies also to other forms of seed from Scotland, particularly from Aberdeen for the South; and may we have this restriction removed as regards all classes of seed?

Mr. Barnes

If the hon. Member will tell me the type of seed he has in mind, I will look into it. At present I am dealing with the question of seed potatoes.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Can the Minister say whether any pressure has been exerted from the Scottish Office, as we have been pressing them very hard on this subject?

Mr. Barnes

I am sure the Scottish Office always press when a Scottish matter is under consideration.

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