HC Deb 16 April 1951 vol 486 cc1457-8
40. Mr. Dye

asked the Minister of Food whether he is satisfied that the existing stocks of last season's potatoes kept for human consumption are sufficient to last until adequate supplies of the new crop become available in view of the adverse weather conditions delaying planting for this year's crop.

Mr. Webb

The latest figures suggest that there should be enough old potatoes to keep markets supplied, but there is always the possibility of stocks not keeping. A good deal depends on the weather we get.

Major Legge-Bourke

Will the Minister bear in mind that the keeping qualities of potatoes from last year is not very high and that he should take that into account?

Mr. Webb

Yes, Sir.