HC Deb 02 May 1938 vol 335 c522W
Major Procter

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he was consulted by the Potato Marketing Board before the latter commenced to purchase and hold off the market potatoes which they deemed to be surplus to the requirements of human consumption; and what method has been adopted for deciding at any time what proportion of the stocks of potatoes in this country may be properly said to be surplus in this way?

Mr. W. S. Morrison:

The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. With regard to the second part, I understand that the Potato Marketing Board are guided by such considerations as the size of the crop, the stocks of potatoes remaining on farms, the prices ruling in the markets, and factors affecting consumer demand.