HC Deb 24 July 1939 vol 350 c1034W
Sir J. Smedley Crooke

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the fact that the wholesale and retail distributors of potatoes in this country are of the opinion that the proposed amendments to the Potato Marketing Scheme will result in the complete dislocation of the distribution of potatoes throughout the country and in preventing a regular supply at reasonable prices being available to consumers, he will arrange to leave these amendments over for further consideration until the autumn so that there may be the fullest opportunity for considering their effect and implications?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

I see no reason to suppose that the effect of the draft amendments to the Potato Marketing Scheme would be to bring about the undesirable state of affairs that my hon. Friend has in mind. At the same time, as my hon. Friend will realise from the statement made on 19th July by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, pressure of business may prevent the draft amendments being considered by the House before the Summer Recess.