HC Deb 04 December 1952 vol 508 c1743
36. Mr. Willey

asked the Minister of Agriculture the estimated quantity of potatoes harvested in 1952; and how this compares with the quantity harvested in 1951.

Sir T. Dugdale

According to present estimates, 7,300,000 tons. This compares with 8,284,000 tons in 1951.

Mr. Willey

Is the fall sufficient to indicate that we may have to contend with supply difficulties this year or next year?

Sir T. Dugdale

As at present advised I think there is no reason to expect a shortage. Reports from counties show that the quality and condition of potato crops is fairly satisfactory and that in the main, there should be very little wastage.

Major Legge-Bourke

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that many people in the largest potato growing area of East Anglia are of the opinion that there is a general decline and that is likely to go on unless radical steps are taken to put it right?