HC Deb 21 January 1948 vol 446 c210
60. Mr. Ronald Chamberlain

asked the Minister of Food what effect the variation of subsidies to potato growers, as between January and February, is having in the matter of market supplies.

Dr. Summerskill

None, Sir. There is no subsidy payable.

Mr. Chamberlain

While I appreciate the fact that I should have put down the words "fixed prices" instead of "subsidies," may I ask if the Minister is aware that there have recently been very serious shortages of potatoes in my constituency of Norwood, and does not she think that there is some connection between these shortages and the increase in fixed prices on 1st February?

Dr. Summerskill

The shortages in my hon. Friend's constituency can be attributed to the normal seasonal reductions in loading during Christmas.