§ Lieut.-Colonel Corbett
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he realises that artificial manure firms expect to be able to fulfil not more than 20 per cent. of their orders for potash; and what action he proposes to take to remedy the situation.
§ Sir S. Cripps
I am aware that, owing, to delays to shipping and production difficulties in Spain, deliveries of potash to our compound fertiliser manufacturers have fallen short of expectations. Up to the end of January, however, about 40 per cent. of manufacturers' stated require- 19W ments for the season ending 30th June next had been supplied. All possible steps are being taken to expedite shipments, and it is hoped that the total quantity of potash to be made available to agriculture this season will not be less than that provided last season.