HC Deb 21 June 1948 vol 452 cc948-9
57. Mr. Price-White

asked the Minister of Agriculture when a national board for the marketing of agricultural, horticultural and market gardening produce was established; how many members of such board have been appointed and when; and what are the general and special duties of the board.

Mr. T. Williams

I am not aware that any such board has been established.

Mr. Price-White

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a number of market gardeners in the North Wales area were entirely confused as to the standard prices at which to market their produce, that they made inquiries and were informed that such a board had been set up, but that only one member had been appointed? Will he make clear, to market gardeners in particular, what prices should be charged?

Mr. Williams

The hon. Gentleman asked about a central marketing board. I know of no such board having been appointed.

Mrs. Leah Manning

Might this be the board appointed about nine months ago, under the chairmanship of the hon. Lady the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food, about which we have heard nothing since?

Mr. Williams

It might be possible that the Welsh horticulturalists were thinking of the Fruit and Vegetable (Marketing and Distribution) Organisation set up by the Minister of Food, the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Minister of Agriculture several months ago. That is the only organisation of this kind of which I am aware.

Mrs. Manning

In that case, is it possible that we shall have some information about that board, which was set up nine months ago?

Mr. Williams

Perhaps the hon. Lady will put a Question down to the Minister of Food.

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