§ 21. Mr. Brewis
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what action he will take to improve the market for next year's crop of home-grown early potatoes.
§ Mr. Brewis
Does not a reduction in the tariff rate in July on foreign early potatoes cause them to come in during that month and provide competition when our own supplies are being dug? Will the hon. Gentleman consider trying to make agreements with the Mediterranean countries, both Commonwealth and foreign, so that they may phase out their imports in order that the potatoes will come in earlier and not cause a glut?
§ Mr. Manuel
Would not my hon. Friend agree that the best action which could be taken to improve the market for early potatoes would be to step up the 1263 quality which would cause there to be a readier and a more willing market?
§ Mr. Scott-Hopkins
Will the hon. Gentleman agree that the only restriction on the importation of early potatoes during May, June and July is the plant health regulations? Is he intending to change the regulations?