Mr. De la Bère
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade, as representing the Ministry of Food, what steps the Government are taking to find a more ready market for this season's potato 696W crop since applicants to the County War Agricultural Committee are referred by them to the supervisors who in turn are unable to find a market, and many thousands of tons of potatoes are thus becoming unfit for human consumption owing to lengthy storage?
Major Lloyd George
Potatoes have re-recently been bought by the Ministry of Food for stockfeed and for factory processing. Supplies are also being drawn now from the Eastern Counties to form local reserves close to the larger centres of population. My noble Friend is advised that it is not correct to say that large quantities of potatoes are becoming unfit for human consumption.