§ Mr. R. TAYLOR
asked the Minister of Labour the average number of unemployed registered at the Lincoln Employment Exchange for each month in the years 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930, respectively?
§ Miss BONDFIELD
The following table gives the information desired:
value of potatoes imported from Algeria into the Uniter Kingdom during each of the years 1926 to 1929:
Year. Quantity. Cwts. Declared Value. 1926 … … 27,815 31,330 1927 … … 17,549 21,400 1928 … … 24,319 29,067 1929 … … 16,305 19,245
Earl of DALKEITH
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that great supplies of new potatoes from Algiers and Spain are being imported; that quantities of Scotch and English produced potatoes of the 1929 crop cannot be sold and will shortly commence to rot in the potato pits; and what steps does he propose to take in the matter?
During January and February of this year (the latest period for which information is available) imports of potatoes from Algeria and Spain were lower than for the corresponding months of the previous two years. The difficulties confronting potato growers are due largely to the abundance of the home crop, and I would refer the Noble Lord to my answer to the hon. Member for Huntingdonshire (Dr. Peters) on the 10th instant, of which I am sending him a copy.