HC Deb 22 March 1945 vol 409 cc1013-4W
Mr. Henderson Stewart

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport if he is aware that transport arrangements for the dispatch of seed potatoes from Fife remain insufficient to move the large quantities of potatoes involved; that at the present rate of dispatch it will take ten weeks to move all supplies and that such delay will cause embarrassment to both the senders and the users of the seed; and what steps he is taking in the matter.

Mr. Noel-Baker

All practicable steps are being taken to ensure the movement of seed potatoes from Scotland. It is estimated that at the path March there were about 120,000 tons to be moved. During the week ended 17th March nearly 25,000 tons were moved by rail and sea leaving a balance of about 95,000 tons. At this rate it should not take more than four weeks to move the bulk of the remaining potatoes.