HC Deb 10 February 1947 vol 433 c16
33. Sir William Darling

asked the Minister of Food if he is prepared to consider altering the interpretation of Green Onion Seedling, S.R.& 0 Food Green Onions, from less than a ¼-inch to less than ½-inch, or to withdraw in its entirety the Order as regards the two classes less than 6½ inches in diameter and 1½ inches or more in diameter.

Mr. Strachey

I am at present considering the whole question of controlling onion prices during the coming season and cannot make any announcement at the moment.

Sir W. Darling

Arising out of that reply, will the Minister, when issuing the new control regulations, consider what steps he will take to provide greengrocers with the necessary machinery for the diametrical measurement of onions? It is extremely difficult to measure them with inch tapes.

Mr. Strachey

I will take into account the hon. Member's sage advice.

Major Guy Lloyd

Can the Minister inform the House from memory how many officials and staffs are employed in connection with this important matter of green onion seedlings?

Mr. Strachey

No, Sir.